Hundreds welcome local Marine home

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Hundreds of people lined outside of the Crossville Airport to welcome a local hero home.

For the first time since his injury, Marine Sgt. Christopher Hancock, his wife and young son arrived in Crossville Monday afternoon.

"He's just a remarkable young man," said his mother-in-law Kimberly Russo.

Nearly the whole town was there to honor his courage and grace as he returned home.

"There's nothing like being home. Everywhere I've been has been a temporary home, my home away from home," said Sgt. Hancock.

He returned home not only as a hero but a survivor.

"June 26, 2011 completely changed my life," he said.

That was the day an IED explosion wounded Sgt. Hancock and he lost both his legs. He spent several weeks in rehab and underwent more than 40 surgeries.

His town rallied around him then, and they continued to do so Monday.

"If I have never felt loved, I have today," he said.

Sgt. Hancock doesn't consider himself a hero, but his mother-in-law hopes that changes after the turnout at his homecoming.

Hancock will spend the 4th of July in Crossville.

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