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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jacksonville firefighters charity helps native son following Afghanistan injuries

Jacksonville firefighters charity helps native son following Afghanistan injuries
'He was spared by God and has all his limbs,' says Josh Gillette's dad.
Jacksonville.com
Florida Times Union
by Dan Scanlan
Posted: February 27, 2013

Josh Gillette might not be able to make it to Friday’s luncheon in his honor.


Jacksonville native Josh Gillette, 32, is recovering from an explosion in Afghanistan. He attended Englewood and Wolfson high schools and was part of their JROTC programs
But as the Jacksonville native continues therapy at Walter Reed Medical Center for major injuries suffered in Afghanistan, people who don’t know him will be helping his future.

Funds raised at the 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Jacksonville Fire Fighter Hall at 618 Stockton St. will go to his family from the Jacksonville Fire Fighter Charities. The bills have racked up from Gillette’s and his wife’s trips from their Tennessee home to Walter Reed for therapy, said his father, David Gillette.

“I prayed and prayed for God to provide for my son and daughter-in-law and every time I turn around, someone is wanting to help,” Gillette said from his Jacksonville home.
Fundraising site The website The War Hero was set up by Shain Gillette to help cover the costs his brother’s family is incurring in recuperating from his injuries.

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