ENGLEWOOD — It took only a minute, but it was 60 seconds that will change the life of one man and likely many more he will encounter.
On May 1, Dr. Brian Crupi, D.D.S., an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, administered the Army Oath of Enlistment to Steven J. Lanners, a nurse anesthetist.
Lanners, a graduate of St. Xavier College where he also played linebacker for the college’s football team, earned his Masters of Science degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Wolford College in Naples.
The father of three young boys will be entering the Reserve Medical Corps as a captain, assigned to the 345th Field Hospital based in Jacksonville.
But before he begins administering anesthesia to soldiers, he has some required military training, including a trip to Fort Sill in Oklahoma, that will keep him busy for months to come.
Lanners connected with Dr. Crupi through his anesthesia practice based in Sarasota. Crupi’s South County Dental Care office in Englewood’s Tiffany Plaza is one of Lanners’ clients, and he’s there periodically to help the doctor ease patients into oral procedures.
Lanners said he was glad to serve his country and was looking forward to learning leadership skills in the service, hoping to build on his background as a team leader in football.
Crupi is no stranger to military service. He is Medical Corps veteran who had tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan, he served in a surgical hospital, and in Iraq, he was stationed at a combat support hospital — a tent hospital. He remains active in the Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.
Attending the ceremony were Sgt. Oscar Gamboa and Staff Sgt. Matthew Ryan, who made the trip to Englewood from the Army’s Tampa recruitment office.