Public invited to Quilt of Valor presentation Tuesday
Tonganoxie Senior Quilters will present a Quilt of Valor to Staff Sgt. Zeke Crozier during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Florence Riford Senior Center, Sixth and Bury streets in Tonganoxie.
The public is welcome to attend the event at which local quilters will present the quilt to Crozier. Originally from Spring Hill, Crozier was serving in the U.S. Army as a Chinook helicopter flight engineer in 2011 in Afghanistan when he suffered a severe brain injury as a result of a helicopter crash.
Crozier, who is stationed at New Century Air Base in Gardner, sustained severe brain injuries, a shattered right hand, ruptured eardrum and cuts and bruises during the crash.
He was hospitalized in Germany before receiving medical care in Maryland and then Minneapolis.
Crozier assisted in a 2005 earthquake relief mission in Pakistan in 2005, combat mission in Afghanistan in 2005-06 and humanitarian mission in Africa in 2009 before the 2011 combat mission.