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Aug 31 2007

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Photo Friday~Insignificant

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Aug 31 2007

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Wednesday Hero~ Ken Leonard

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I know that this is late, but I wanted to post it anyway!
This Weeks Post Was Suggested By Randy Thorsvig

Ken Leonard
Ken Leonard (On The Right)
From High Point, North Carolina

Every once in a while you run across one of those “feel good stories”. Those stories that show us just what a person can do when they really want it bad enough. And Ken Leonard has one of those stories.

In 2005, Ken Leonard left his job as a police officer in High Point, North Carolina to go to Iraq to work with a private security firm. In December of that year, Ken, along with five other men in his vehicle and six others in the vehicle behind him, was hit by a roadside bomb outside of Baghdad. “After the bomb went off, I knew exactly what had happened,” Leonard recalled. “My feet got jarred, so I knew they were hit.” While others in his vehicle were injured, he had received the worst of it. He had lost both his feet.

The vehicle behind them pushed Leonard’s to a safer area. But flames were coming out of the air conditioning vents and they had to get out. Leonard crawled from the car and fell to the pavement. “That’s when I saw my feet,” he said. “I could tell they were gone. They were still attached, but they were shredded.”

On July 19, 2007, Ken Leonard went back to North Carolina to get his job back with the police force. To do that he needed to pass the Police Officers Physical Abilities Test, which, among other things, consisted of a 200-yard run to be finished in under 7 minutes, 20 seconds. And he did just that with 24 seconds to spare.

“Somebody told me one time they said, ‘You know, what you’ve lost is just bone and muscle. You’ve still got heart, and you’ve still got, you know, what’s up here,’” Leonard said, pointing to his head.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. To find out more about Wednesday Hero, you can go here.

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Aug 28 2007

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Megan and the BadKittycats did a super wonderful, most excellent job while I was in the hospital!
My thanks to Megan and da kitties for everything they did!

Also special thanks to all who kept us in prayer, we appreciate all of you!

The surgery was a laminectomy and L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion.
I checked this morning and my hips didn’t appear to be any smaller from the bone harvested from them… Dang it!

I have two new additions to my daily wear, a high tech back brace…
and a walker so I don’t loose my balance and undo all the surgeons work..

TheMasterOfTheUniverse is watching me like a hawk, so no chance of misbehaving!
Actually he suprised me with a spotless house and a clean bed to come home to…

I didn’t know he knew how to operate a vacuum, or dishwasher… hmmmm..

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