Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Family Celebrated Return of Native Soldier

If you’ve seen the film, “The Hurt Locker,” you will have some idea of what
25-year-old Joe LaCourse experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like the soldiers
depicted in that movie, LaCourse, who joined the U.S. Navy in 2003 after
graduating from Westbrook High School, was involved in explosive ordnance
disposal. In simple terms, that means he had the white-knuckled job of defusing
bombs hidden along roads, in buildings and elsewhere. During the nine months
LaCourse spent in Baghdad and then his more recent six-month deployment in
Afghanistan, his family constantly feared for his safety as he disarmed live
explosives so they couldn’t blow up and hurt others.But now LaCourse is safely
back stateside, stationed in San Diego. And when he and his wife returned to
Westbrook for a visit over the Labor Day weekend, his family threw him a big
surprise party that included a motorcycle escort by military veterans and by
police cars into the city.
- John C.L. Morgan

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Joe LaCourse has been advanced to the rank of Chief and is also now a Master EOD Technician. He continues to excel in his Navy career and is an excellent representative of what a small town boy can become with enough ambition and dedication. Westbrook should be proud of one of their own!