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Local firefighters supporting wounded warrior
Friday, July 18, 2014 6:14 PM EDT
Monday, July 21, 2014 6:14 PM EDT
METROPOLIS, IL -
A local man who lost his arm and his leg is getting the gift of a lifetime from a group of fire fighters.
Jared Bullock of Metropolis was injured in Afghanistan last November.
He is undergoing therapy in San Antonio, Texas to learn how to live as an amputee.
West Frankfort fire fighter Jon Alexander is inspired by Jared Bullock's story.
He scrolls through photos and videos of him often.
"Oh, he's a stud, I'm tellin' ya," said Alexander.
He is so inspired, he and his team are raising money to give the Bullock family a new car, complete to fit his needs as a double amputee.
"It's a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited," said Alexander.
Local 6 spoke with Bullock over FaceTime.
We wanted to find out about the day his life changed forever.
"We ran over an IED and I suffered some severe injuries, losing my right arm and right leg, and my buddy suffered a severe brain injury," said Bullock.
He says he is overwhelmed by the graciousness of the community and knows it will be emotional to finally receive the car.
"Honestly, I think the feeling is going to be...it will be hard to describe in a word," said Bullock.
But Alexander says he is the grateful one.
"They're putting everything they have on the line for us, it's the least we can do for them," said Alexander.
The West Frankfort fire fighters will present Bullock with the car at the first SIU home game on September 13th.
If you would like to donate, you can visit any Banterra Bank in Southern Illinois; there is an account in his name.
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