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TROOP NEWS

Injured Ky. Guardsman Returns Home:

"I Really Don't Want To Talk About That."

April 5, 2005 By James Zambroski, WAVE, (LOUISVILLE

A Kentucky National Guardsman who survived a suicide bombing that killed his buddy in Iraq last week has came home to the Bluegrass.  Specialist Chris Brunelle was severely burned but walked off the plane after arriving in Louisville Monday night.

Spc. Chris Brunelle was seated next to Spc. Eric Toth in a Humvee when they were attacked.  Toth died.  His brother-in-law, Sgt. Ricky Brooks, who is also a Kentucky State Police officer, suffered severe burns as he tried to rescue him.

Brunelle suffered burns and other injuries as well.  He was taken unconscious from the burning vehicle immediately after the attack.

"(I'm feeling) a little rough, cause I know my buddy ain't coming home," Brunelle told WAVE 3 Investigator James Zambroski upon his arrival at Louisville International Airport.

Brunelle, an M.P. with the Guard, was on patrol Sunday, providing security to a supply convoy when the bomber struck.  "We was in the vehicle.  As far as I know, they took us out.  I really don't remember," he said.

As fellow Guardsmen secured the area and tried to rescue Toth, Brunelle regained consciousness nearby.

"I was just lying on the road," he said.

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