Taylor Morris comes home (17 HQ Photos)

On August 30th, only 4 months removed from a mine explosion that took all four of his limbs, Taylor Morris returned home to a hero's welcome in Iowa.

Days before his arrival, Ben Hagarty, one of Taylor Morris' best friends, had secretly arranged for a parade in Taylor's honor. But the parade fell in the middle of a work week. Ben remained hopeful for a big turnout,

"We are just hoping that people are able to get off work and maybe come from school. We just want to line the roads and express our extreme gratitude."

And line the roads they did. Store managers shut down their shops and schools were let our early. Residents of Cedar Falls and "what appeared to be the whole of Northeast Iowa" packed the streets between the airport and downtown Cedar Falls to say thanks to Taylor.

These photos were taken by Tim Dodd, an amazing photographer and friend of Taylor. See more of inspiring photos of Taylor right here.

Welcome home, buddy.

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  • Case

    #7 So awesome. KCCO Taylor

    • Zedhere

      There needs to be a Special KCCO Taylor Morris shirt where the proceeds go to help wounded Vets. Thanks for all the inspiration and tears, Taylor. You and Danielle are true Heros!

      • CowboyChiver

        I'll second that!! You are an inspiration Taylor, No one could ever thank you enough for your service and sacrifice. Danielle – you embody the true chivette spirit.

        Thanks again and KCCO!

      • SmittyRN

        This, all the way! Throw a silhouette of Taylor from pic#17 on a special edition KCCO shirt for Wounded Warriors, and I'd be on that like white on rice. Let's get on that, John, Taylor is an inspiration hardly the only wounded vet out there. Let's try to help them all!

    • TEARS

      DAMMIT….TEARS AGAIN….GOTTA CHANGE THE AIR FILTERS IN THIS OFFICE..KCCO TAYLOR

      • Jen

        Chills…

        thank you, Taylor.

    • Underbaker

      KCCO and God Bless to you and that awesome woman who's back your riding, you got a real keeper there Taylor, but it looks like you already know that.

    • George&Barack

      So Taylor it was worth it?

      • Dennis

        I take it you're a moron George&Barack?
        You'd be lucky to have a fraction of the courage, commitment and drive of those who protect the freedom of dicks like you.
        I'm sure Taylor would say, "Yes Sir."
        A chiver is more than you….get off this site.

        • Steven

          This is a legitimate question folks. Everyone needs to serve. When these pols get America involved in these battles everyone possible should be putting on that uniform and support the action. It should not depend on a few. And if it is depending on a few then something is wrong and it's sad about us as a nation that we let the Tyler's et al serve and when they come back all broken we throw some money at some of them, offer some thanks that may be just a platitude because when the parade is over the Tyler's just get forgotten.

      • Hammyscrammy

        What a dick comment.

    • Fell0w Chiver

      I'm with you there! KCCO Taylor.

  • A Vet

    "it’s 7:30 now and I still have my legs on. That’s pretty good."

    Thanks for the perspective and your service, son.

    #17

    • Steve Lee

      chokes me up

    • LesPaultard

      Maybe that's why this story hits me so strongly…Taylor is the same age as my oldest son.

      Thanks, Taylor, for all you have done. Enjoy that cabin….you've earned this.

    • JMAKK

      Such A Bad A Picture, Thank You Mr. Morris, You Sir Define HERO

    • Big_James

      This picture is absolutely fucking amazing. Tyler you are an inspiration and I don't mean to the handicapped. You are my inspiration for getting up and being a better person, you are my inspiration for getting off my ass and going for a run. I think you agent needs to call Nike because buddy you just did it.

    • Zach

      Bad Ass Incarnate

    • Shamrockpatsy

      Amen, Vet…what a perspective…and yes, Taylor, thank you for serving our country…..and those words are just soooo inadequate, but they are the best I have…to the best our country has, again, I say, THANK YOU…..(my husband was a Korean Vet)

    • jeff c.

      would someone be willing to put "Never give up" and or " Never quit" on that picture and submit it for the wallpaper gallery?

    • bear

      Such an amazing picture. And just 4 months after literally being torn apart…this brave soldier..Taylor is not just home but STANDING on his own.
      Main St Cedar Falls has been honored by this hometown hero 😀

    • Anon

      Hell yeah, my new wall paper…supremely bad ass!

    • http://twitter.com/Ed103 @Ed103

      Oh man…Like so many others I opened the page expecting to see cats and boobs, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a Taylor gallery, and what a gallery it is.

      I got choked up when I saw the images of former vets saluting Taylor, that is so awesome, it is almost beyond words. When Taylor walks, I hope the same music plays when Optimus Prime is first revealed.

      And that image, that is a bad ass picture! I still wouldn't want to mess with that man. And a few other people want Taylor Morris shirts. I've never bought a Chive shirt, but I'd buy one of those for everyone in my family.

  • humperdink

    Taylor Morris is a champ!!

  • jrk

    Taylor and lovely GF are the balls! KCCO

  • acupofjoe

    Dude that's awesome!!
    #11

    • https://www.facebook.com/yann.mathieu Yann MATHIEU

      This is so amazing… ❤

      • JAFitC

        That's the first video I've seen for which the "Lump In Viewer's Throat" option was activated. Thanks for sharing.

    • Miles Rocks

      That's the street in front of Cedar Falls High School. Most of Cedar Falls/Waterloo just stopped for Taylor. He, and Danielle, have been a HUGE inspiration for his hometown.

  • Daniel

    #1, #5

    why is it that, at least once a week I come here to get my daily dose of girls and LOL's and leave bawling like a child? this place is awesome.

    • LesPaultard

      I'm going to assume #5 is his grandfather.

      • MattyDeuce

        I don't know but that picture and #4 just made me lose it right away. Just the fact that the fraternity of the military truly never ends…unbelievable!

      • cornfediowabred

        Yes, its his grandfather.

    • Bill

      So true, can't see clear to type this with out a wipe of the eyes.

    • Dar

      #5 made me tear up. My hats off to Danielle. She too is an incredible person and has been forced to become mentally and physically strong, looking at her giving Taylor a lift. 

    • db3300

      If you don't lose it after seeing #5 then something is wrong with you.

    • Wyoming

      oh good. i thought i was crying just because i was drunk, but at least some of you have to be sober! KCCO Taylor. Wyo is proud of your service for our country!

    • radryan

      my thoughts exactly…

    • northerner

      Me too. Blubbered all the way through it. Undeniable dedication to Country and Family. Taylor rocks. Thank you is too lame for your sacrifice. Many years of success and happiness to you and your family.

  • misschris

    KCCO Taylor! You are a true American hero, and we are forever in your debt. I'm glad we were able to help repay you.

  • Bhodi

    Good for you Taylor, KCCO

  • ron

    "I just remember saying that Danielle is the real hero, not me – that if I had two hands, I’d take this Bronze Star off my shirt and give it to Danielle. She never left my side though all of this, she carried me on her back… literally."

    Turned me into a blubbering child.

    Unbelievable.

    • Mn dude

      I hear ya dude. I did too. I cannot get enough of this story and how much I admire him for his attitude and outlook on life.

      • KCO617

        Guys, stop chopping those onions already.

    • _DoC_

      I was thinking the same thing. Ever since this story came out, every time I see these pics with his wife carrying him I just kept thinking, wow…that woman is the real hero here.

      • TNchiver

        Yeah, what's even more awesome is that she's not even his wife, just his girlfriend. Would have been that much easier for her to just walk away from the situation, but she didn't, she choose to stay by his side! It takes a very strong and amazing person to do what she has done! Especially considering she didn't have to! I'm playing off some song lyrics here,but I hope some day I'll be half the person she didn't have to be! Taylor and Danielle, you are both awesome and both heros! Good luck with all your future endeavors! God bless and KCCO!

    • AdmiralEvident

      That paragraph did me in too. Veteran myself. My unit had a divorce rate in the 80 percent range. I see so many negative examples of military spouses that all too often I miss out on the truly heroic ones. It is SO hard being away from your spouse and family for months even years at a time. All too often we forget the sacrifice the entire family makes.

      • goatpunch

        I also am a vet, and I agree completely. People most people don't realize that it's not a few bad military spouses out there who run when things get tough. It's most of them. The few that stay together are truly worthy of praise. Not even saying those who break up are always bad spouses. Sometimes the strain is too much, sometimes it's the fault of the vet, sometimes it's the fault of the experiences thrust upon that vet. Either way, it's so great to see one work. Much love to both of them

    • Henry IV

      I was doing fine until I got to that part. Darned dusty room.

      Way to go Taylor (and Danielle)! You're a better man than I am.

    • Wulf

      Me too. 😥

    • Greg

      Wow! I must be cutting onions

  • Gun_guy

    #17
    Dude is a fucking Hero!

    • Woody

      #6 bald dude is staring at the Blond's beautiful butt (< an alliteration) …

      '
      PS….lighten up, i'm sure Zac has a sense of humor.

      • Woody

        i mean Taylor…..not Zac……i'm gonna take a pounding for that mistake

        • PDiddily420

          Zac Morris…lol

      • Gun_guy

        She does have a nice pooper.

        • Miles Rocks

          That's his little sister, you douchenozzle. Say that to his face, I bet he could still beat your ass.

  • Sean

    It's stories like this that make me proud to be a Chiver!

  • Parker

    Hero

  • Rebecca

    #2

    A few thumbs for Danielle are in order I think —–>

    • Dan

      Damn right! Taylor is a hero, Danielle is his hero, I'm sure.

    • Tillman61

      No kidding. She's a rock. And she rocks.

    • KCCO

      I think its time to put a ring it? :p

      • KCCO

        ring on it* sorry kids are crazy right now

    • Dennis IYAAYAS!

      You are both amazing. You got a great girl there. I can only imagine how hard it's been for both of you but I'm sure y'all know by now what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Well Taylor what didn't kill you made me stronger. All of a sudden the little things I bitch and moan about each day just seem like petty speed bumps. I'll think of your and your lady's strength every day to help me KCCO! Keep on Keeping On!

      • Josh

        Well said Dennis. Thank you.

    • hwath

      Girlfriend of the year award right there. What a human being.

    • Woody

      Hope they built her a huge kitchen !!!!

    • BigRon

      I want to find a unconditional love like her. I did not believe they are out there until seeing Danielle

    • fabio

      Nothing sexier than a woman taking care of his man.
      No bullshit, just LOVE.
      Hugs from Italy.

      • Colin

        *Her

    • Craig

      Behind every great man is a great woman. He is a hero and has the love and support of a wonderful woman who know can be his hero. If every spouse was like this the world would be a much better place. She is an amazing woman would love to hear her story think it would be inspirational. Its people like her that can make other people better and have something to strive for.

  • Woody

    #5, i got some water in my eye

    • MikeTheChiver

      This picture really got to me too…

      • Edge

        Tears at work… So unfair.

        Still waiting for the TFM Shirt – Taylor Fucking Morris!!!

        • dideue47

          Hell…fucking…YES…..

          PS….tears? No I just yawned…some dust in my eye and my ears needed popping.

        • BTI

          I got some thumbs up for a TFM shirt. "shut up and take my money!"

    • Scot

      This is Taylor's Grand Father

    • KyleGamgee

      This one got me too. You can see the combination of deep pride and remorse in his grandfather's face, like "You've handled this so well. I'm sorry this happened to you, and that I couldn't prevent it and can't fix it."

      I'm fighting tears so hard at work my throat is killing me.

    • Theresia

      Damn Diamond Dallas Page allergies!

  • TomTheCameraGuy

    Goosebumps

  • Myst

    Wow what a town what an inspiration glad he's home such a fantastic guy ( thanks chive for the tears falling down my cheeks)

  • scott

    Great stuff Taylor…Keep Calm and Recover On!!!!

  • Yep

    Very awesome! Now get rid of mobile ads

    • JAFitC

      Not the time or place, dude.

    • GomerPyle

      Really?

  • MOAR

    #17 Stud.

  • David

    Awesome Glad you made it home Taylor. KCCO brother-in-arms

  • http://twitter.com/Bathoris @Bathoris

    Damn allergies

  • NebraskaGuy

    #34

    One of America's best, right there!!

    A hero indeed in every sense of the word!!

  • anguish

    Taylor's story is nothing less than amazing. Many thanks to him for his service, and a big welcome home to him!

  • Steve Chitown

    I think its safe to say he had a hell of a turn out. These pictures were awesome

  • blazindave

    I hope for best for you and Danielle. KCCO Taylor. And thank you for your service. Send us pics of your cabin when you get it built!

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