Terminally-Ill Teen Devin Southerland Is National Guardsman For A Day In Winston-Salem

6:02 PM, Aug 6, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC-- There are stories that make you laugh, scream, cry, or cheer and sometimes a story can make you do all the above. For example this one...Tuesday, the North Carolina National Guard (NCGA) allowed WFMY News 2 to shoot a story that will engage all those emotions.

It's a story about a 16 year-old who is terminally-ill, but was given a day to fulfill his dream of joining the military. The teenager was granted his wish of being a soldier for a day at the NCNG Army Readiness Center in Winston-Salem. Devin Southerland is receiving medical treatment for cancer in the city. He had hoped to become an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician in the military.

But, the unexpected happened when he received his life changing diagnosis. Because of the effects of fighting cancer, he will never be able to pursue his dream of joining the military.

His story hit home with the men and women who serve our community and our country. Some NC Guardsmen, NCNG units and the Winston-Salem Police Department's bomb disposal team are making the teenager's dream happen. Devin will be given EOD training for the day, which will include - wearing the bomb suit, working with bomb disposal robots, bomb X-Ray technology, explosive detecting canines and much more.

Devin will also receive an official certificate and promotion during his training, and all the credentials that come with being a U.S. Army EOD technician.

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