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10/09/03

Local Police Officer Injured In Iraq

Donna Barnes found out Tuesday afternoon, around 4:30, that her husband and another soldier in his unit had been injured in Iraq.

"It upsets me and it scares me because you're not able to be there with them. But then he told me after they left Germany they would be sending him home. I was happy about that because he was scheduled to be there until May 19th of next year," said Barnes.

It's not the kind of homecoming she and her daughters, 10-year-old Alayna and 4-year-old Alexis, were expecting, but they're just thankful he is alive.

The girls were actually excited when Sergeant Barnes called around 4:00 Wednesday afternoon to let his family know he was being transported to a German hospital.

"He's a strong person, and when he called yesterday I could tell, it sound like he was sleepy. But when he called today, I could tell he was hurting."

More than 1,400 US service members have been injured in hostile action since the start of military operations in Iraq.

Although major combat is supposed to be over, Mrs. Barnes says the situation overseas seems to be just as dangerous.

"It's like when it first started, everybody was concerned about the soldiers over there. I'm not saying they're not concerned now, but I don't think the war is over. If you speak to these soldiers that are over there now, they will tell you what they're going through and how bad the conditions are. I don't think it's over," said Barnes.

Mrs. Barnes wants the community to not only pray for the safety of her husband, but for all of the brave men and women who continue to serve in "Operation Iraqi Freedom".

By Karla Redditte

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