U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, an infantry platoon leader with the Third Battalion, 5th Marines, Camp Pendleton, California, was injured when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). While leading his platoon on a dismounted patrol of a narrow alley in Northern Helmand Province, one of the deadliest provinces in Afghanistan, First Lieutenant Byler stepped backward on an IED that was buried in the dirt.
He remained conscious until he was anesthetized in the Medevac chopper. The superior training his men received enabled them to stabilize him and save his life. Both of Byler’s legs were amputated above the knee, and he lost both pinky fingers. After being cared for in U.S. military hospitals in Afghanistan and Europe, Byler was transferred to the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland.
Building Homes for Heroes is currently raising money to remodel Byler’s home in Huntington, to make it accessible to his new-handicapped needs. A 5K 1st Lt. James Byler Charity Run has been organized by John Feinberg, a St. Anthony’s High School senior, to help raise money for this organization for the 1st Lt.
The event info is as follows, or can be found on :
The 1st Lt. James Byler Charity Run
May 20, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Anthony’s High School
275 Wolf Hill Road, South Huntington, NY 11747
Expected participants: 300-500
For more information: www.sot5k.org
Contact: 631-473-2338 or SOTSAHS@GMAIL.COM