(Greendale, Ind.) – People and businesses around the tri-state are being asked to wear or display yellow ribbons as a sign of support for a local soldier.
Army Pfc. Brett Bondurant, 20, was critically wounded in an explosion of an IED in Afghanistan early Wednesday morning. His family, including mother Janelle Krabbe of Greendale, was informed later Wednesday morning.
He lost both legs in the explosion, which killed another member of his unit and injured two others. Bondurant was also burned.
Krabbe told Eagle 99.3 she had not spoken to her son Wednesday. He has been in a medically induced coma.
Bondurant was being taken to a hospital in Germany for treatment before coming back to the states.
The 2009 Lawrenceburg High School graduate played football, basketball, and baseball for the Tigers.
“I was fortunate enough to coach him in (basketball and baseball),” said Lawrenceburg High School coach and teacher Ryan Knigga. “He was a competitor. He was that guy when you asked him one week to be the team’s best player he gave it everything he had. He always made sure he was doing what was best for the team.”
The Lawrenceburg varsity football team plays at rival East Central on Friday. Knigga said he would expect the athletic departments from each school to plan for some type of recognition of Bondurant prior to the game
Bondurant had been planning to get married in January.
A Facebook page, Prayers for Brett Bondurant, sharing information about the soldier had grown to 900 members in less than a day.
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