Lexington Marine Injured in IED Explosion in Afghanistan | News
A Marine from Lexington has been injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, and his recovery is expected to take several months.
Lance Cpl. Steven Brashear, 23, has four fractured vertebrae after his truck ran over an IED Monday night Eastern time. Three others in the truck were also injured, but Brashear suffered the worst.
"We went out on a routine patrol following another unit and just went over a bump. That's about all I remember from that. I remember waking up, not being able to breathe," Brashear said.
Brashear, who estimated that the IED was between 80 and 100 pounds, was taken to Germany to be evaluated for his injuries. He is walking and will likely return to the United States early next week.
"I'm glad he's alive and not paralyzed. It could have been a lot worse. There are a lot of servicemen who are run over by IEDs who don't make it," said Audrey Donnelly, Brashear's mother who lives in New Jersey.
Brashear is a dog handler for the Marines, and part of his dog's responsibilities include sniffing IED bombs. His dog suffered some cuts and bruises in the bombing but is otherwise OK, Donnelly said.
Brashear deployed to Afghanistan in April and was originally scheduled to return home in October.
Donnelly said she noticed some worry in his voice when he called her around 4 a.m. Afghanistan time Monday before going out on the latest seven-day mission.
"He had called me a half-hour before he left for that mission, which was kind of unusual for him. He always calls the day before. He seemed kind of worried. It was just in in his voice. He couldn't give me any information, but it wasn't the same as his other missions," Donnelly said.
Brashear was an all-state wrestler at Central Davidson High School and played football. He first enlisted in the Marines in 2009.