published Monday, April 11th, 2011

Wounded soldier returns to Trenton


by Kelli Gauthier

The square in Trenton, Ga., was lined almost the entire way around today as several hundred people waved flags, held banners and saluted as Joey Ferguson, a local Marine wounded in Afghanistan, returned home.

Sgt. Ferguson, a native of New Salem, stepped on an improvised explosive device in February, severely injuring his right foot. Since then, he has been recovering at a military hospital in Bethesda, Md. He’ll continue receiving therapy while he’s home for the next 30 days, before returning to Maryland.

Ferguson currently gets around in a wheelchair, but said his doctors believe therapy on his foot is “looking good.” If he does not continue to heal, Ferguson will have to have the foot amputated.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Kelli Gauthier...

Kelli Gauthier covers K-12 education in Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She started at the paper as an intern in 2006, crisscrossing the region writing feature stories from Pikeville, Tenn., to Lafayette, Ga. She also covered crime and courts before taking over the education beat in 2007. A native of Frederick, Md., Kelli came south to attend Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Before newspapers, ...

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