First Lt. Michael Stevens of Pequot Lakes, who was injured Friday in a Humvee accident in Baghdad, is hospitalized in Germany and will be transferred this weekend to a San Antonio Army medical center to recover from his back injuries.
Bonnie Stevens said she and her husband, Pastor David Stevens, talked to their son this morning from Germany. He told them that an Air Force captain from the Brainerd area stopped by to visit him in the hospital in Germany. Bonnie Stevens said the woman had heard from back home that he was from Pequot Lakes and had been injured.
Bonnie Stevens said it shows that military personnel from the Brainerd lakes area are watching out for one another over there.
"It was good to talk to him," she said. "He's on crutches and moving around pretty slowly and is still in a lot of pain. But he is thankful to have survived it without serious injuries. And he still wants to go back."
Stevens, 26, who was deployed with the First Calvary Division out of Fort Hood, Texas, was traveling on patrol in a Humvee with two other soldiers in Baghdad Friday when the driver swung a U-turn and the vehicle was struck by an Iraqi dump truck without functional brakes. He had been in Iraq since Feb. 3.
The Stevens probably wouldn't have known right away that their son had been injured if a Good Samaritan in the Breezy Point area hadn't answered her phone just before 1 a.m. early Sunday morning.
Bonnie Stevens said her son tried to call them from a Baghdad military hospital to tell them he was hospitalized, but he didn't have his address book with him and accidentally misdialed the last four digits of their phone number. The woman he misdialed looked up his parents' phone number for him in a local phone book.
"He said he was so happy he had gotten somebody and she took the time to look our number up," said Stevens. "I would like to thank her, whoever she is."
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