Jason Gibson, center, is greeted by Ed Frank and Robert Welsh of the Woodsfield American Legion Post 87 Friday, April 14 after he spoke at “Who is Your Hero” event at Woodsfield Church of Christ.Children from Woodsfield Church of Christ sing “This Land is Your Land” during Friday, April 14’s “Who is Your Hero” event at the church. The event was held to honor the county’s military, veterans and first responders.SOLSD Superintendent Jeffrey Greenley speaks at Friday, April 14’s “Who is Your Hero” event at Woodsfield Church of Christ.U.S. Army veteran Jason Gibson speaks to the crowd during Woodsfield Church of Christ’s “Who is Your Hero” event Friday.

Our hero for the night

Jason Gibson doesn’t feel his life is anything extraordinary.

Sure, he’s done some amazing things. He served as a combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan, searching for mines and IEDs, building bridges and supporting army operations.

Gibson also overcame the loss of both his legs, competing in a handcycle marathon, hunting and learning to live all over again.

“It’s funny,” Gibson said. “People say I’m inspirational, but a lot of people in the disabled community don’t see it. We’re just living our lives.”

While Gibson doesn’t see it, the dozens of people who listened while Gibson told his story could.

Gibson was the special guest Friday, April 14 as the Woodsfield Church of Christ hosted “Who is Your Hero?”, a special event honoring Monroe County’s military, veterans and first responders.

The event featured a patriotic feel, with music provided by Lost-n-Found and the church’s youth and a talk by inspirational speaker Brett Bohl.

But the highlight was Gibson’s tale of redemption.

He said his goal was to share how God worked in his life, and he did that by telling of his journey.

Gibson grew up in Columbus, joining the U.S. Army after he graduated from high school.

In 2007, he was deployed for the first time in Iraq.

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