Thank you to all of the runners and community that came out today! It was a great success, even with several setbacks. All of the volunteers pulled it off greatly and special thanks to the Huntington Manor and Melville Fire Departments, as well as Suffolk County Police 2nd Precinct Officers for their help.
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U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, an infantry platoon leader with the Third Battalion, 5th Marines, Camp Pendleton, California, was injured when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). While leading his platoon on a dismounted patrol of a narrow alley in Northern Helmand Province, one of the deadliest provinces in Afghanistan, First Lieutenant Byler stepped backward on an IED that was buried in the dirt.
He remained conscious until he was anesthetized him in the Medevac chopper. The superior training his men received enabled them to stabilize him and save his life. Both of Byler’s legs were amputated above the knee, and he lost both pinky fingers. After being cared for in U.S. military hospitals in Afghanistan and Europe, Byler was transferred to the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland.
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