Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

June 27, 2013

Community welcomes injured Marine home


Staff writer

CROSSVILLE — Marine Sgt. Christopher Hancock was greeted Monday by a large crowd of area residents anxious to thank the wounded warrior for his service and welcome the Crossville native home for the first time since he was injured while serving in Afghanistan. Christopher was joined by his wife, Danielle, and three-year-old son, Matthew. The Crossville native was severely injured in an IED explosion June 26, 2011, while he was serving in Afghanistan.

Hancock said it was wonderful seeing the faces of people he hadn’t seen in many years. The family will be visiting Crossville over the next few weeks and are looking forward to visiting with family while in town. Hancock also had a few special stops on his itinerary — dinner at Cancun’s Mexican Restaurant, breakfast and Burger King and a stop by the Cumberland County High School football field.

During a special ceremony at the airport, Hancock was presented a Tennessee seal by state Rep. Cameron Sexton, signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, state Sen. Charlotte Burks, Sexton and Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder, who also spoke at the event. Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. proclaimed June 24, 2013, to be Sgt. Christopher Hancock Day in Cumberland County. Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III presented Hancock with a Distinguished Service Award, a Key to the City and gifts from many area businesses. First National Bank of Tennessee helped to organize the event and Cumberland Medical Center presented Hancock and his family with medical equipment.

Hancock is currently stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC, on active duty status.