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I Met A True American Hero

by Laural Porter

kgw.com

Posted on November 11, 2006 at 2:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

Once in awhile, you meet someone who leaves a lasting impression.
Someone who is hard to forget. Someone you have to tell others about.
It might be something they said or a sparkle in their eye, maybe a firm and friendly handshake, a certain charisma.

I met someone like that I want to tell you about.
His name is Staff Sergeant Christian Bagge.
You may remember hearing about him last summer when he ran around the South Lawn of the White House with President Bush.

No small undertaking given that Christian Bagge lost both his legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq.
He woke up in Germany two days later, where the doctor delivered the devastating news.
He's a double amputee now. One leg was severed below the knee.
The other just above.

Although, he lost his legs, I have never seen anyone stand taller.
Bagge exudes a quiet confidence, kindness, and positive attitude that makes him a giant among people I've met.

Bagge uses high-tech prosthetic limbs now to walk, and after months of rehab, he learned to using running legs.
He lives in San Antonio,Texas now, but was back in Eugene recently for what was dubbed, "The Local Hero Tour".
He delivered an inspiring message to crowds throughout the state, and his brother's Christian rock band, "Calling Simon" performed.
I was there for the performance in Eugene and was very moved.
It's an experience I want to share with you.

Right now, I am working on a news story about Christian Bagge and his road to recovery.

It runs at 11pm on Thursday, November 16th,right after "E-R".
I hope you'll watch, so you can see why I was so impressed with Bagge.

He's a young man, wisened by his experience in Iraq, and endowed with a grace he attributes to his devout Christian beliefs.

I'll never forget Staff Sergeant Christian Bagge. I thank him and all of our American heroes for their service to our country.

I have a strong feeling we'll hear about Christian Bagge in the future.
He's not done serving our country, and his confident walk will lead him to great heights.


Laural Porter

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