THE LAST IMAGE SOCTTY SMILEY WOULD EVER SEE WAS EVIL PERSONIFIED IN A SUICIDE BOMBER.
Jane McCarthy, KREM.com
June 23, 2015
"For me, the only way to get out of that dark place was love," said Scotty.COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho—The Spokane man who lost his eyesight serving his country is embodying Steve Gleason's mantra of "No White Flags" by not letting a physical setback limit his will to succeed.
Scotty Smiley, who is blind, will attempt to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and a run a marathon on Sunday, June 28 with the help of a guide. In early June, he sat down with KREM 2 News to share his inspirational story of faith, determination and Ironman grit.
"On April 6, 2005, I was given a mission to find a suicide car bomb," said Scott Smiley as he remembered the day that changed his life forever.
"I parked my Stryker vehicle about 30 yards away from his, and yelled at him to get out of his vehicle," said the Pasco, Washington native. "He looked over his left shoulder at me, raised his hands off the steering wheel and just shook his head no. And then – boom – he detonated his car."
"I could let my mind go that way and say we are ruined and we are not going to be able to do anything," said Tiffany. "Or I could go the other way and just be his biggest cheerleader. And I just sort of took that on, even if I didn't believe it myself."
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