Fort Polk Guardian 04-28-2017

Vol. 44, No. 17 Published for the community of Fort Polk, La. April 28, 2017 Guardian Fort Polk Inside the Guardian SFL-TAP job fair ......... 3 Gardeners wanted ...... 5 Sapper Stakes ............ 6 Healthy cooking .......... 9 Fishy fun for kids ...... 11 Volunteers of year ..... 12 Weekend weather Today Saturday Sunday 88 81 73 74 10% 100% 50% 68 51 Rain chance Rain chance Rain chance FORT POLK, La. — Imagine yourself out for a morning run along a familiar road. You’ve been making good progress in preparation to run a marathon — the Boston Marathon, no less! You’re excited to have been granted a slot in this famous run, and in your home state, too! Practi- cally in your hometown! A section of the road ahead looks easier to tackle from the other side, so you cross over. Now you are running with the traffic instead of opposite, which is generally a no-go, but this is just until you make the curve. You are focused on your breathing, tracking how your feet strike the pavement, when suddenly … You wake in a daze. Your arm hurts. You are laying in a ditch not far from the road. A stranger is hovering over you asking if you’re OK. You can hear sirens in the distance … that arm really hurts. This was the scene for Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Hogan on the morning of Jan. 30 as he was running along La. Hwy 467. “I’m not sure if the driver fell asleep or what, but I was directly hit by the vehicle — first the headlight, then the mirror, then the very end of the truck, and (the impact) pushed me down a little hill,” he said. “Once I regained consciousness, I remember talking to my wife on the phone, but not what I said. She said I just kept repeating that I was dis- combobulated and that my arm was done.” The humerus of his left arm was broken in two with elbow and nerve damage. He now had just three months to heal before the marathon — not enough time for a 100 percent recovery, but thanks to Hogan’s occupational therapy team, and the care he received in those crucial hours af- ter the accident, he was able to run the event. “Everybody from the ambulance driver to the emergency room, and my orthopedic doctor and occupational therapist — I am pleased with everybody across the board. They have all been phenomenal. You can tell they really care about what they do,” said Hogan. His therapy team was most instrumental in getting him to the marathon, he said. “I see the kind of hours they have to keep and what they do, but when I come in it’s like everything stops and they just focus on me. I am very thankful for that. If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t have been able to run the Boston Marathon,” Hogan said. “When I first met him (the therapist), I told him what I wanted to do and he set up a plan for me. He said, ‘We’re going to get you there,’ and they did.” Running the Boston Marathon, which was held April 17 this year, is no easy task. First, you have to prove to the Boston Athletic Association that you are able to run a marathon — 26.2 miles — so there is a qualifying requirement that must be verified and submitted, and only the fastest times are selected to run the marathon. But there is another way to grab a slot: Running for chari- ty, which is what Hogan was doing. “Normally you have to qualify, but I went the charity route. I was raising money for the Ameri- can Red Cross,” he said. “I wanted to run for them, to keep their support mission going be- cause of what they do for Soldiers. They help when we are overseas and someone passes (by getting Soldiers home), and they have the blood drives, but they also do a lot of other great things.” Hogan said he needed to raise $6,500 but end- ed up with $8,000. “So when I ran, it was for the Red Cross, and for the $8,000 in donations that my run was going to provide for them. I had so many people supporting me, there was just no way I was going to let them down and not run.” There were a few other reasons why running the Boston Marathon was important to Hogan, who hails from Cambridge, which is near Boston in Massachusetts. “I’ve run three Marine Corps Marathons (held annually in Washington, D.C.), Army 10-milers, half-marathons, but Boston, be- cause I am from there, is special,” he said. “I know the impact that run has on people, espe- cially since the bombing (in 2013), and I recently watched the “Patriots Day” movie (about the bombing and aftermath), so there were so many things going on with me emotionally that I just had to run this marathon.” Hogan said he had a few concerns about his By JEAN DUBIEL Guardian staff writer Please see Boston , page 5 Injured Fort Polk Soldier completes Boston Marathon Army Strong, Boston Strong COURTESY Hogan