Purple Heart recipient’s bike stolen
FLORENCE, Ky. (CNN/WTVQ) – The search is on for someone who stole from a Purple Heart recipient.
The victim, Northern Kentucky war veteran Brandon Bailey, was badly hurt in an explosion in Afghanistan seven years ago that crushed his pelvis, broke both hips, and his back. Bailey’s doctor said he would never walk again, but Bailey was determined not only to defy doctor’s orders, but to get back on his Harley Davidson.
“That’s my release,” Bailey says, “You have guys that go to war and they do things a human shouldn’t do and they see things humans shouldn’t see, so you need that release or you are going to explode or implode.”
Unfortunately, that bike is now missing. Surveillance video shows the moment someone hopped on Bailey’s beloved Harley and took off.
Bailey’s bike is hard to miss – the custom purple and black paint job was done in California, and the hand painted purple heart on the gas tank has the date he was attacked.
“I fought cowards all over the world and then I come here and someone comes and takes a possession of mine,” muses Bailey.
He says he has yet to get angry over what happened and at night when he comes home, he still expects to see his bike in the garage.
Bailey is working with Florence police to find his bike, though right now, they have few leads. Bailey retired from the Marine Corps in 2012. Tn 2014, he founded the Purple Hearts and Heroes Foundation. It helps veterans and special needs children connect and help through outdoor adventures.
Information from CNN & WLWT/Emily Wood