WIBW NEWSROOM -- After he saw it, tears came to his eyes.
Sgt. Allen Hill of Ottawa was honored during "13 News at 4" Wednesday with a special carved cane to help him continue to get around. He couldn't have been prouder if he'd won the Medal of Honor. (Just watch our video clip of the presentation, live on the air.)
Sgt. Hill was wounded November 21, 2007 at Checkpoint 21 in Mamidiya, Iraq while his unit was returning to its home base from duty in Baghdad. Two vehicles in their convoy were hit by IED's, with the sergeant from Kansas suffering a collapsed lung and head trauma.
His new cane, along with trusty service dog, will serve him in good stead now. The cane was carved specifically for Sgt. Hill by master cane-carver Ernie Loganbill, of Independence, Kansas.. a former high school classmate of WIBW-TV legend Bill Kurtis. Ernie's been carving canes for 21 years now. With no cookie cutter models on the shelf, Ernie says he spends 40 hours specifically crafting the cane for the military member he honors.. men and women. Ernie can carve in their names, pets names, pictures of the service members, purple hearts, special quotes or scripture they like. Each one is custom made.
Be sure to listen to Sgt. Hill's reaction here on wibw.com, about receiving such a special Christmas gift.