Posted: Feb 16, 2011 9:49 PM by Allyson Weller (KPAX News)
Updated: Feb 18, 2011 9:42 AM
MISSOULA - You could definitely feel the love at the Missoula airport Wednesday night as Western Montana welcomed home one of their heroes.
Tomy Parker, 21, says he's happy to see everyone, but not happy about the snow.
He has been doing physical therapy in California after losing both his legs and most of his left hand when the Ronan native stepped on a bomb while on duty in Afghanistan back in December.
Hundreds welcomed him home on Wednesday night and here's what Tomy had to say fresh off the plane.
"I was told there was going to be a big turn out and I'm impressed at the amount of people that came here, there's a lot of familiar faces, it means a lot to me that all these people would come here, obviously they've been here for quite awhile waiting for me so the support of the valley helps quite a bit."
"It's amazing that's been my keyword though all of this, his recovery, the love, the support, the friends and family, this is amazing. And I just want to thank everyone for being here for us, for Tomy, he deserves a heroes welcome," said Tomy's mom, Lisa Jennison.
Tomy is in town for a fundraiser put on by friends and family. The event is Saturday in Ronan starting at 11:30 a.m. and going until they run out of food.
Organizers have prepared for at least 2,000 people and there will be a silent and live auction.