Former combat Marine finds new mission for himself and son in ocean conservation
by Ariel Field
U.S. Marine veteran Roger Sparks is standing at the bow of the Force Blue research vessel, his 6-foot-8-inch frame towering over the boat as it glides over the crystal-blue waters off the Florida Keys, calling out directions and poised to dive.
Sparks’ 15-year-old son Oz, who is non-verbal and has cerebral palsy, looks on in rapt anticipation.
“Five feet to the right!” he shouts excitedly. “It’s making its way starboard!”