Posted: Sep 10, 2011 6:30 PM by Tara Oster (KPAX News)
Updated: Sep 10, 2011 8:32 PM
MISSOULA- Local heroes were recognized at Saturday's Griz game in honor of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance and among them was Lance Corporal Tomy Parker.
The Ronan Marine, who lost both his legs and most of his left hand in Afghanistan last December, is in Montana this month on leave and the Grizzlies invited him to the field to pay tribute before the start of the game.
"It's pretty cool that the Grizzlies invited me here in remembrance of 9/11 and everything. It's an honor to be down here on the field," he said. "I haven't been down here since I came to one of their football camps in high school so it's an interesting experience."
Parker was greeted to thunderous applause from the audience as he went out on to the field, and handshakes and "thank yous" as he left to watch the game.
We'll have more on his recovery process during the Sunday news on Montana's News Station.