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Marion Marine injured in Afghanistan


A 2010 graduate of Marion High School was injured Wednesday when family members believe he was involved in an IED explosion while patrolling in Afghanistan.

The parents of Ryan McSweeny say they were called Wednesday night and told their son sustained severe injuries after the explosion, the most severe of which to his left leg.

But Thursday morning, the family received better news from McSweeny's team leader, who had promised he would call should something happen.

"We heard the news this morning about 10:30,10:45 that he was recovering after surgery real well.  He's starting to regain feeling in his legs, and it's refreshing to get that update," said Aaron Rothmeyer, McSweeny's cousin.

Now McSweeny is on his way to Germany for treatment.  McSweeny's parents await anxiously to hear more about their son's condition.

Family members say they are proud of the marine, who has always wanted to serve his country since he was young.

"I always remember running around the yard with Nerf guns," Rothmeyer said.  "This was a decision he made up a long time ago, and we're all proud of him and we're waiting for him to come home."

Friends and family say McSweeny is compassionate and gets a long with everybody.  They also say he is a fighter.

Thursday night, people in the Marion community gathered at Marion High School for a prayer vigil.  McSweeny joined the marines in June of 2010.




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