Pedro native injured in Iraqi roadside bombing

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 3, 2005

PEDRO - Lawrence County has been fortunate so far: While we have sent young men and women into battle in the war in Iraq, the news from the front lines has been positive - until now.

Last week, Pedro native and Rock Hill High School graduate Brandon McFann was injured when a roadside bomb exploded in Tarmiyah, Iraq.

McFann is a field artillery specialist with the U.S. Army.

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McFann's mother, Leah McFann, said the family received word Friday afternoon of what had happened.

"He called us from the hospital in Iraq and said he had been hit by an IED, which is a roadside bomb," Leah McFann said. "He said he was hit in both legs, his right arm, right ear and right eye."

She said she does not know how serious the injuries are at this time.

Brandon McFann was flown over the weekend to a U.S. military base in Germany, and will later be flown to the United States for additional medical treatment.

McFann has been in the Army a year and a half, his mother said, and had been in Iraq six days when the incident occurred. He is a 2003 graduate of Rock Hill High School.

Leah McFann said the family is "nervous and shook up" by the news of Brandon's injury.

She described her son as "quiet, easy going. Just like when he called, you'd never have dreamed anything was wrong. He was like 'Hi Mom, how are you doing?' That's Brandon."

Meanwhile, Mom and Dad have two more worries: Their daughter, Amanda McCormick and her husband, Todd, who are also in the Army, are both in Iraq. Another son, Jeremiah, is in the Army, stationed in Fort Campbell, Ky.