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Hazlewood grad recovering from suicide bomb explosion

By Paul Huggins
DAILY Staff Writer

phuggins@decaturdaily.com 340-2395

TOWN CREEK — The legs that once carried Terry Robinson to state championships in track and football now face their greatest challenge.

The 2001 Hazlewood High School graduate must recover from a June 24 suicide bomb explosion that injured his leg and killed four comrades. He is in a military hospital in Germany undergoing treatment for shrapnel in his leg.

"He said he's doing fine and that he'd be able to walk soon, but he'll have to do therapy when he gets out of his cast," said Robinson's 17-year-old brother, Thomas Robinson.

No one knows how much use he'll get out of the leg once rehabilitation is over, he added.

Robinson, 22, is a senior airman for the U.S. Air Force, which he joined after graduating in 2001. He played safety for the Golden Bears and was part of their last state championship in 2000. He played forward on the basketball team and ran a variety of events for the school's state champion track team in 2001.

"When he called, he talked to my aunt (Jerry Nell Doss), and was like 'I have good news and bad news,' " his brother said. "He said the bad news is he was wounded and the good news is that he's all right and wouldn't have to go back to Iraq."

Thomas Robinson, who spoke with his brother Monday, said Terry hasn't told him any specifics of the attack and he doesn't remember anything other than hearing the explosion and then finding himself in the hospital.

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