Taylor Morris comes home (17 HQ Photos)

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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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  • kpandorastar

    #8, no joke, he's more graceful on his prosthetics than I am on the feet I was born with. What an inspiring couple. Best of luck in all you do!

  • Rob

    Danielle is not only the greatest girlfriend on record, she's a hero on par with Taylor. I wish them both the best. You make this nation great!

  • tennis man

    brings tears to my eyes–all that bravery and strength –I can't believe it. I hope the Army finds a job spot for those injured like Taylor.

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  • Barnstormer

    This story makes me a proud American, Iowan, and Chiver!

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  • http://audiblchoc0late.blogspot.com/ Audibl

    Dunno if anybody noticed yet or not but Yahoo! just got a hold of his story and ran an article about him today (2012-09-17). Nice shout out to theChive in it though.

  • JTS

    Thank you for your service brother. Words cannot express our debt of gratitude. God Bless.

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  • Mathew beitz

    Taylor you are a true hero and an inspiration to all! Thank you so much for ur service

  • thebaldasian

    I am going to put this comment on all of the Taylor Morris blurbs, and i challenge everyone who was touched by this story to repost it. I am going to put this comment on all of the Taylor Morris blurbs, and i challenge everyone who was touched by this story to repost it.

    It took me a moment to realize it, but HUGE Kudos needs to go to Taylor's girlfriend Danielle. She showed mental strength many Wives would not have in support of her man. She deserves a lot of credit. She supported him every step of the way. Helping him rehab? LITERALLY carrying him on her back? Smiling all the way?

    Talk about a love story! I suggest that everyone chip in another couple of bucks and give this girl a wedding a princess would dream of…

  • Ron H.

    This IS a SUPERHERO… my son is 6 years old and when I told him enough about this story for him to understand about it…those were the words HE said… This guy is a SUPERHERO Daddy….. I could not agree more… sounds like Danielle is too…

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