White Pine Honors Local Hero

White Pine, Jefferson County (WVLT) - An East Tennessee town has honored their hometown hero once again, with a parade and a special day just for him.

The folks in white pine deemed Saturday "Brad Walker Day" after Corporal Bradley Walker who just returned home earlier this week.

The marine was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq last November and lost both his legs.

He's spend the last few months in rehab and is now walking on two prosthetic legs and with a cane.

The community has been working since then to help brad and his family out, even renovating his home to make sure he could get around.

"I don't really know what to say overall, I mean it's just like I'm speechless," said Walker.

Those who had a hand in the party plans say it's all for a man who's very special to their town.

"White Pine is just a family town and they really have a heart for Brad and love him and want to honor him," said Sandy Smith, who helped with the plans.

Corporal Walker will soon return to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC for more rehabilitation.

After that, he plans to go to college.


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  • by Amy Location: McGee on May 7, 2007 at 09:28 PM
    Brad is a hero to me and he will always be. I know it has been hard for him since everything happened but he has not gave up at all. He has over come so many things and I am proud to say that I have a friend like Brad who is very caring and loving. He will do anything for anyone if he can. I am glad that he has not gave up and is going to continue on with his education. I just want everyone to know that we are lucking to have men and women who are like Brad.
  • by dustin cates Location: knoxville on May 7, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    walker is one of the most interesting people i have ever met. we were together overseas in OEF-Africa in 2005 and he will always be "Lord of the Crows" and be remembered for his random narcoleptic happenings, heh! through and through he is a true Marine.
  • by Myra Samples Location: White Pine on May 6, 2007 at 05:15 PM
    A wonderful young man. He was a very nice and well mannered little boy. We love him and he is our hero..

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