SARDIS, Ala. (WHNT) -- A former Sardis High School quarterback is recovering from injuries suffered while serving the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
Family friends of Corey Garmon said the soldier was seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device, and had to have a leg amputated as a result.
Mike Williamson was Garmon's youth minister at a church in Crossville a few years ago.
"He was very involved in his church, in the youth group," Williamson said.
"He was very athletic, a good athlete and played sports."
Garmon played baseball and football at Sardis High School, and became the starting quarterback midway through his sophomore year.
Etowah County coaches named him as quarterback for the all-county team in 2006, his senior season.
He joined the Army a couple of years later.
"I'm proud of Corey, he was a good young man then, and I'm so proud of him now for serving his country," Williamson said.
Pictures on Garmon's facebook page show him earlier this year in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The young soldier is a cavalry scout.
Those are reconnaissance specialists who secure and prepare ammunition on scout vehicles, classify routes, and report information on weather, terrain, and enemy positioning.
Williamson said an IED exploded and wounded Garmon earlier this week.
"What I've heard this morning from his mom was that they amputated one of his legs," Williamson said.
"He has some injuries to another one, an arm, and his eye, but he's on his way home.
"He's going through Germany first, and he should be home hopefully in a few days is all we know so far," he said.
Williamson is leading a youth group service project this week through Brashers Chapel Methodist Church, and they prayed for Garmon at lunchtime Thursday morning.
"Corey we want you to know that we're praying for you, brother. We can't wait to see you back home and we're just praying that god will continue to use you in a very special way."
Another Garmon family friend started a Prayers for Corey Garmon facebook page.