East Tennessee service men and women stood in the spotlight Saturday evening, while being honored during the East Tennessee Helping Hearts seventh annual ball.
About two hundred people thanked their guests of honor including injured State Trooper Sgt. Lowell Russell and 'Saluting Marine' Staff Sgt. (ret.) Tim Chambers.
Russell has been recovering since last March when a tractor trailer hit his cruiser parked on the shoulder of I-40.
He still has difficulty speaking due to his injuries, but brother Cory says he is improving.
"It's hard to keep his spirits up about it. He really wants to go back to work, but we don't know if he'll get to. It'll get him down some days," says Cory Russell.
Helping Hearts also hosted Saluting Marine Tim Chambers.
For the past ten years Chambers has saluted fallen service men and women at an annual event in Washington, D.C.
More recently, Chambers has begun traveling around the country to "reinforce patriotism."
"I've been here for about five minutes," explained Chambers who flew in from California to be there. "And I've already had an interaction with a family member that lost their loved one in Iraq. And that's another very important reason why I come out to these events, because I meet these people and I get to help them heal."
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