St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Prior to Thursday's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros, two pairs of injured Marines and soldiers will receive Segways as to help restore their mobility and serve as a small measure of thanks for the sacrifices.
The Cardinals invited Segs4Vets, a national volunteer organization based in St. Louis, to present the four Segways on the field before Thursday afternoon's game. The ceremony will take place at 12:15 p.m. Segs4Vets has presented more than a thousand of these devices to injured veterans in past years. The program, created in 2005, is funded by contributions.
The recipients of the Segway devices were named Tuesday:
-Marine Corps Corporal Kevin Hanrahan of O'Fallon, Illinois. Hanrahan lost his left leg below the knee and sustained nerve damage, as well orthopedic and soft tissue damage when he stepped on a pressure-plated IED in Afghanistan last year.
-Army Sgt. George Harrison of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Harrison lost his left leg below the knee in Iraq in 2006 when his vehicle was struck by an IED.
-Marine Corps Sgt. Major Raymond Mackey of Buelaville, North Carolina. Mackey lost both legs in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2009.
-Army Specialist Wesley Peck of Prairie Farm, Wisconsin. Peck was injured in combat in Iraq in 2007 after being shot in his right leg.