Injured Soldier Returns Home To Etowah County

Posted on: 2:39 pm, October 19, 2012, by and

Josh Wetzel arrived home in Glencoe on Friday to a huge crowd of supporters. (Photo: Carson Clark, WHNT News 19)


GLENCOE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been a long road home for Josh Wetzel, who was injured in June in Afghanistan.  But after months of rehabilitation and healing, he finally came home Friday.

Specialist Wetzel flew to Birmingham Friday morning and then rode to Glencoe in a police escort.  Supporters gathered at Glencoe City Hall to cheer him home.

Wetzel was injured in an IED explosion in June.  He lost both legs, and has been at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland to recuperate.

Wetzel is from Glencoe and his wife Paige is from Fort Payne.

WHNT News 19 was there for Wetzel’s homecoming celebration.  We’ll have the full story Friday on WHNT News 19 at 6:30 p.m.