Injured Soldier’s Dad Says Son is ‘Epitome of Bravery’

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By Fox 8 News Reporter Autumn Ziemba

OLMSTED TWP., Ohio -- Northeast Ohio is home to one of the four soldiers injured in Wednesday’s suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan.

Olmsted Twp. native Everett Haworth Senior said his son is the epitome of bravery.

"My son is, I feel, a very special person in this world and I feel it's his mission to try to make this a better world than what we live in," Haworth said.

Haworth told Fox 8’s Autumn Ziemba that his son wanted to join the army at the age of 14, after the events of September 11th.

When he graduated from Olmsted Falls High School, he followed through and enlisted.

"(I) tried to give him fatherly advice. He indicated that it was his duty.  Whatever would happen, would happen. That it would be God's will," Haworth recalled.

But on April 4, the unthinkable happened.

Corporal Everett "Alex" Haworth, 24, was one of four Ohio National Guard soldiers injured in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan.

The soldiers were part of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and were on a goodwill mission, assisting the Afghan police, when they were hit by an improvised explosive device.

Haworth got word of the attack from his daughter-in-law.

"I thought, oh my God, I hope he doesn't lose a limb or he's not injured for the rest of his life" he said.

But he said, he was one of the lucky ones.

Three Columbus-area soldiers, Nicholas Rozanski, Shawn Hannon and Jeffrey Rieck, lost their lives.

Alex Haworth suffered a broken arm and leg, as well as shrapnel in his shoulder, which will require surgery, but he is alive.

The news is a huge relief to the soldier’s entire family.

The Cleveland Heights police officer is a newlywed and a new dad to a six-month-old baby girl.

"He loves his wife dearly, she loves him dearly. It's his main mission in life, other than serving his country, is being a father and raising his family and just living the American dream," Haworth said.

And while his heart is heavy for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, he can't help but be grateful for what they and his son gave willingly, the most selfless gift.

"(Alex) always made me proud.  He always had a sense of community, a sense of country and a sense of duty, and he fulfilled all of those and then some."

Everett Haworth said his son is already on his way back to the states.

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