LANETT, AL (WTVM) - A true local hero returned home to Lanett, Alabama tonight after sustaining life-threatening injuries in the war in Afghanistan.
Private First Class Lander Chappell was honored at his alma mater, Lanett Senior High School, during the football game against Horseshoe Bend Friday night.
The 2009 graduate and former football player was surprised and touched by the retirement of his jersey.
In June 2012 Chappell was injured from an IED when he was on patrol in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of his right leg.
He has undergone therapy for his left leg at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Despite these injuries, Chappell continues to demonstrate his will to live.
"Keep going, keep fighting. Fight for everything that you want because you never know when it can be taken from you," Chappell said. "Go 110% at all times because you never know when you get the chance or the opportunity to do it again."
Chappell is currently stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington, and has many plans for the future.
He aspires to be teacher and a coach to motivate others to fight hard and never quit.
On behalf of everyone here at WTVM, welcome home soldier, and thank you for your service.