WILKES-BARRE — A disabled veteran was honored during the festivities in Wilkes-Barre.
St. Patrick’s Day is Dave Morgan’s favorite holiday.
This year his celebration began on the third floor of the v.a.’s Wilkes-Barre community living center.
Dave was injured and his friend Brian Patton was killed in a Humvee crash in Kuwait back in 2009.
His mother Peggy has been at his side through his medical ordeal.
“It’s been a long struggle,” she said. “It’s been three years, but we are very happy that Dave is doing as well as he is doing now. We’re still having the fight”
Though Dave is paralyzed, his right arm still can manage a salute. But this day the community will be saluting him.
Dave is Grand Marshall of the Wilkes-Barre parade and a police escort follows him on the trip from the V.A. to downtown where friends family and supporters are standing in the snow
When I asked Dave if he liked St. Patrick’s parades he couldn’t stop smiling, but this year there is a surprise waiting that nobody in his family knows about
As Dave’s silver van arrives in front of the grandstand, officials are waiting with a special tribute making him an honorary member of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department.
“We had no idea that the Wilkes-Barre Police Department was going to do this,” Peggy said. “That’s why it is so overwhelming”
Before he was injured, Dave was a Pennsylvania Corrections Officer and with this proclamation. He is part of the brotherhood of law enforcement once again.