Supporting our Military: Lunch For Josh

Josh Gillette is a United States Military Special Forces Bomb Sniffing Dog Handler who has served his country since the age of 17.  He has done a tour of duty in Bosnia, two tours in Afghanistan, and four tours in Iraq.  He is in line to receive two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for valor.

While on a routine patrol for IEDs last October, Josh was slightly wounded when an IED exploded.  He managed to quickly recover and assist a second soldier who was severely injured.  Josh's quick actions allowed the injured soldier to be airlifted to Germany for more help.

About a month later, Josh was involved in a second explosion, this one with devastating circumstances.  The second explosion shattered his face and arms.  His teeth were blown out and he suffered serious injuries to his eyes from shrapnel.

Josh was airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethseda Maryland, where he has undergone an extensive recovery.  He was released in early February to return home and heal.  During this trying time, a tremendous toll has been taken on Josh and his family.

On Friday March 1st, Jacksonville's Fire Fighters will honor Josh with a special banquet.  The event will be held at The Jacksonville Fire Fighter Hall, located at 618 Stockton Street.  Start time is 11:30am.  Lunch will consist of firehouse style chicken and ribs with especially delicious sides.

Single tickets are $25, with a table of 10 available for $200.  ALL proceeds from this event will go to help Josh and his family get through these difficult times. To be a sponsor for this event, contact the Jacksonville Fire Fighters.

This event raised a total of $7,777.96 dollars to help Josh and his family while he recovers.  The Jacksonville Fire Fighter Charities would like to thank you everyone who supported this cause.

Your receipt for this event is your ticket. Please bring it that day.