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Midland Soldier Killed, Another Injured


By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- An Ambush in Afghanistan, claims the life of Captain Tom Bostick and severely injures Staff Sgt. John Faulkenberry, who graduated from Midland High in 2001. Today the fathers of both men met.

"I just regret, that happened and I know that my son, if anything like that would have happened he would have rather it happened to him, than Captain Bostick or any of his men that were under him. Mr. Bostick told me the same thing, because that's just what leaders are made of," said Richard Faulkenberry, Staff Sgt. John Faulkenerry's father.

Sgt. Faulkenberry, is third generation Army. He is recovering tonight in Germany, and will be transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.
After the ambush and several surgeries, Sgt. Faulkenberry tried to contact his family, but they missed the call.

"Your disappointed you missed the call, and you kind of want to be there for him, but on the other hand, I was glad that he was alive," said his father.

"Sarah had gotten off work, and she noticed there on her phone she had ten missed calls form Germany, and she started to process what was going on. About a block from her work she realized something was wrong," said Sgt. Faulkenberry's mother-in-law Tanya Tinslar.

His wife Sarah got on a plane, as soon as she heard the news, and once again missed the call.

"He called and said is Sarah there? and I said no honey she is on her way to see you," said Tinslar.

Sgt. Faulkenberry is listed in critical but stable condition. Richard Faulkenberry says with extensive rehab, his son will regain the use of his leg, but it's his heart, not his feet that will take him there.

"He feels from the heart, and he speaks from the heart, and he does from the heart," he said.

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