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Hero’s Welcome in Munford

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Christian Brown was presented two checks Friday night from money raised by both Munford and Brighton high schools.

U.S. Marine and 2002 Munford High graduate Christian Brown returned home last week.

He was given a hero’s welcome by Shelby and Tipton counties for his service during the War on Terrorism. In December, Brown suffered injuries in Afghanistan. He lost both legs and a finger when an improvised explosive device was detonated.

Brown’s arrival to the area last Thursday was his first trip back home since his injury.

He was en route to Munford that night around 2 a.m. Brown received an escort from the airport by the police and the Patriot Guard Riders to the Munford fire house.

A great crowd of people gave Cpl. Brown, a hometown hero’s welcome in the early hours of the morning on Friday.

“It was possibly the most incredible event I’ve witnessed in a very long time, as CB talked to the crowd about his injuries, experiences, and fears,” Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole said. “We broke up about 3:30 a.m. and it seemed no one wanted to leave. ‘My Kind of Town. My Kind of Town, Indeed.’

Mayor Cole invited the public out for the following night for the Christian Brown Benefit Bowl at the Munford Football Stadium to be played between Tipton-County rivals Brighton and Munford.

Both schoools raised money and presented Brown with the checks prior to kickoff. Munford held a parade-like ceremony for Brown with several motorcycles escorting him into the stadium.


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