George Riley now knows why it takes so long to shoot a movie.
That lesson was learned when a film crew recently spent the day interviewing him at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cherry Hill, New Jersey, field office.
Riley, a computer forensic analyst (CFA) at HSI Cherry Hill, and a Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Child-Rescue Corps program member, was selected as a “Hometown Hero” by the Philadelphia Eagles, in conjunction with the United Services Organization (USO) of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, and local meat and cheese company Dietz & Watson.
“I’ve been on camera before for little stuff, but there is so much more that goes into it,” Riley said. “The different angles and shots they take, plus they had me say the same thing a few times. The film side of things was new to me.”
The National Football League has partnered with the USO for more than 50 years to honor and celebrate servicemen and women, veterans and their families. For the Super Bowl Champion Eagles, the franchise has recognized local veterans at each home game for the past several years.
Riley was nominated, selected and will be honored by the Eagles and Dietz & Watson during a home game at Lincoln Financial Field this upcoming season, during which the video showcasing his story will be played for the more than 69,000 fans in attendance.
“It was an honor to be chosen and to be able to talk about the work that this program does,” Riley said. “I was surprised and happy because I like to highlight the HERO program. I think it’s a good program for people who are wounded like me and some who are wounded way worse than me to get employment.”