Family mourns soldier's death

By Curtis McCloud - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  This 4th of July will not be the same for Janice and Wayne Lumpkin.

Their son, 38-year-old Sergeant Johnny Wayne Lumpkin died in Iraq, from injuries sustained during a non-combat equipment incident.

SGT Lumpkin's parents received the call Thursday when their son was first injured after a piece of equipment fell on top of him. "He was our only son. He was in his second deployment to Iraq and he just called my husband Wednesday," said Janice Lumpkin.

According to the Lumpkin's parents, he suffered severe head trauma, 3 broken ribs and a collapsed lung. He was taken to the hospital and placed on a ventilator Janice Lumpkin said, "Friday morning my daughter in-law called and said he was gone"

Lumpkin's father says his son was a good man with a good heart and should be remembered as a hero, "When his tower was collapsing he shoved the other guy to safety and took the brunt of the fall."

Lumpkin was stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He leaves behind a wife of 9 years, Carol, and three children.

Though his son is gone, Wayne Lumpkin says he knows he's in better place now, "We feel like we're getting a signal from him, that he's with God."

It creates an even stronger image of what this Independence Day  really means.  

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