June 20, 2014

Pryor soldier Gibson honored at Mets game

June 20, 2014 The Pryor Times

PRYOR, OK — Pryor's very own hometown hero, veteran Master Sgt. William "Spanky" Gibson, was honored at and played in the third-annual Fisher House Charity Softball Game on Wednesday, June 18, at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y., home of the New York Mets.

Gibson served in Operation Desert Storm and the Somalia conflict before touring in Iraq in 2006. Gibson was severely injured, losing a leg in gunfire, in a house-to-house search gone wrong.

Miraculously, Gibson disguised his prosthetic leg over his camouflage pants and walked off a C-17 plane on the same base in Iraq to serve again only 18 months later. His story of resiliency is truly an inspiration to all.

Mets legends Doc Gooden and John Franco played in the game.

All proceeds from the softball game benefit the Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization that has created a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

Since its inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $200 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

For more information, please visit www.fisherhouse.org.

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