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Guymon and surrounding communities continue to show an outpour of support for Spearman's Wounded Hero, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Frost.
The 22-year-old Spearman native was injured after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan on Friday, July 6, 2012 and lost his left leg from below the knee. He also fractured his left hip, right leg, and suffered a ruptured left ear drum, and mild traumatic brain injury.
He is now in San Antonio, and after multiple surgeries and his wife, Kylee, by his side, his progress has been astounding. On Aug. 20, he was able to walk 20 feet on his right leg in a physical therapy appointment and has been out and about when he had day passes to go enjoy activities with his wife and friends.
"I swear, nothing can or will stop my husband from doing what he loves to do, even in a wheelchair," said Kylee one day when they were at Wal-Mart looking at fishing poles and then venturing out to a lake that Jeremy had found on Google.
He has been able to go fishing, enjoy gun and hunters shows, and will soon be getting his prosthetics.
Jeremy also got an exciting phone call from Kyle Busch and is going to be able to attend the Race at Texas Motor Speedway and be honored by NASCAR.
He was released from San Antonio Military Medical Center on Monday, Aug. 13 and the young couple is now getting to live in a new off post apartment.
Jeremy is the son of Stacie and Glenn Ruga of Spearman and Matthew Frost of Amarillo. He is the son-in-law to Rick and Jan Howard of Spearman, who are still selling Wounded Warrior t-shirts to raise money for Jeremy and Kylee. The shirts include Jeremy's dog tags on the left chest, and on the back say "WOUNDED NOT DEFEATED," along with a Soldier's silhouette and the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11.
Rick said that the t-shirts were the community's idea and the response has included help from Spearman, Perryton, Beaver, and Guymon, just to name a few.
Rick and the rest of the family continue to show gratitude that the communities involved have shown in supporting Spearman's young hero, and has continually praised the individuals who have donated and given what they can to benefit fund.
For individuals who would like to honor this Soldier and his sacrifice, there is a fund set up at the First National Bank of Spearman under his name, Jeremy Frost.
Anyone interested in purchasing t-shirts may contact The SportZone in Spearman at 806-644-9663 or Rick or Jan Howard at 806-330-0388. Shirts can be shipped and come in a variety of sizes and colors.