Local Hero Gets Special Homecoming

SANDPOINT, ID — An Army sergeant who lost both his legs in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq got a hero’s welcome in Sandpoint on Sunday.

It was an emotional homecoming in north Idaho on Sunday afternoon when Sergeant Brandon Adam returned to his hometown after spending months in a Texas rehabilitation center.

“It’s nice. It’s not the way I wanted to come back, but it’s nice,” he said.

On May 5th at 2:30 A.M., Adam’s life changed forever as he was on patrol in Iraq, searching for roadside bombs.

“We didn’t find the next one. It blew a hole in the right side of our vehicle and it took my legs,” Adam said.

The months since then have been unimaginably difficult, and Adam admits that rehabilitation is not easy.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Adam said. “It’s a long road.”

This week, he finally made it back to Sandpoint to see the friends and family he has missed while he was serving his country.

“I expected something was going to happen. I didn’t know this much was going to happen,” Adam said.

Adam has always had an upbeat attitude throughout the ordeal, and when he arrived on Sunday to the Sandpoint Assembly of God Church his demeanor had not changed. His upbeat nature shone through.

“I’ll get better. There’s no way I’m not going to,” Adam said.

Maybe it was the music, the large turnout, or the images of his life with and without his legs, but he felt completely accepted as he listened to the community honor him.

During the church service, his mother consoled him as Adam tried to fight back tears. The handshakes, embraces, and outpouring of support from people he didn’t even know reminded Adam that his sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Eventually, the smiles and laughter returned as a respectful city honored a soldier who lost his legs, but not his spirit.

Adam has a long road to recovery, but he promises that the bridge he drove across to get back home on Sunday, he will eventually walk across some day.

“I will run across that thing. I guarantee it. I’ll be there,” Adam said.