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Wounded Tri-State soldier receives keys to new lawn mower

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Sgt. Harker takes his new lawn tractor for a test drive. Sgt. Harker takes his new lawn tractor for a test drive.

A Tri-State soldier, a double amputee after being wounded in Iraq, is receiving another gift of appreciation from the community. 

Sgt. Kenneth Harker and his wife, Heather, are still settling in to their new wheelchair accessible home built by Homes For Troops.

They got the keys in December, and on Monday night, another big gift was given to this very deserving veteran.

Members of the Indiana Military Support Corporation, along with Tri-County Equipment, presented Sgt. Harker with a Skag Freedom Z lawn tractor.
     
It's operated completely by hand controls so Sgt. Harker will be able to mow his new lawn all on his own.
     
Sgt. Harker was on his second duty in Iraq in 2008 when he was injured by a roadside bomb and lost both his legs.
     
But he wasted no time Monday night on getting behind the controls and thanking those who continue to show their support.

"It's more of a surprise that the community is still helping. They didn't just come to the building of the house and that was it. I'm still being helped," Sgt. Harker told 14 News. 

"There isn't anything I wouldn't try to and do for him. I mean, he's just a good soldier, a good man, a good husband, a good father," said David Hohiemer with IMSC.

Now that he has it, Sgt. Harker says he'll have to get out there and use it.

All the money was raised through donations and the IMSC.

On another note, the Harkers are expecting baby number two, a boy, in just a few months.

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