U.S. Army Spc. Quinn Jensen’s shoes sit by the door of his parent’s house in North Logan. When Quinn’s 5-year-old daughter comes to her grandparent’s house she tries the shoes on, and when Quinn’s 2-year-old son comes over he knows exactly where to find his dad’s shoes.”We’re going to leave them there until he gets home,” said Quinn’s mother, Charla.A member of the 744th Engineer Company, 54th Eng. Battalion based in Ogden, Quinn was driving an armored vehicle in Afghanistan when a road bomb went off, injuring him and the other soldiers inside. He and two other reserve soldiers – Army Sgt. Steven Dawson from Salt Lake City and Army Spc. Gregory Miller from Ogden – received the Purple Heart award Monday directly from U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates while in a military hospital in Afghanistan for injuries sustained from a road bomb.Quinn is currently in a hospital at a base in Germany being treated for a broken back, elbow, leg and his two heels.Quinn’s parents, Charla and Paul, received a phone call Sunday afternoon. At first, Paul thought the number was some kind of sales call, but after the caller identified himself as being from the military, he knew it was important.”He just told us Quinn was hurt and was in serious condition,” Paul said.The military had no further information other than that it was serious. Paul and Charla gathered their kids together at their house to wait for more information. An intense three hours later, they received a call from Quinn who told them about his injuries.”He said worst of all, he chipped his tooth,” Paul said.It was just like Quinn, Paul said, to think about his family and lighten the mood.Wanting to serve his country, Quinn had joined the Army Reserves and spent his weekends with his battalion in Ogden. The men in his battalion knew they would face deployment sometime during their duty. Word came that 50 members of the battalion would leave for Afghanistan, and Quinn volunteered. Just after Thanksgiving, Quinn left for Afghanistan.Quinn told Charla he could feel the prayers of neighbors, family and friends as he was serving in Afghanistan. One time, Quinn was driving his armored vehicle when he saw a torpedo heading straight for him and his fellow soldiers. The torpedo somehow went under the vehicle and exploded behind Quinn’s vehicle. It was moments like these that Quinn felt there was someone protecting him.”He loves his God and he loves his country,” Charla said.Once Quinn is stable enough, he will be flown to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Within 24 hours of arriving in the states, the Army will contact Quinn’s family, fly them out to the medical center and provide living accommodations for them so they can be close to Quinn.While Charla said she’ll be glad to have her son home and recovering, she said she is far from being done worrying. The other soldiers in the battalion have become family to her son and are still out in Afghanistan in dangerous situations.- firstname.lastname@example.org
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