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Jasper soldier wounded in Afghanistan


Wes Farron’s family awaits news of his condition


Wes Farron’s young wife Melanie is praying for good news following a phone call Monday informing her that her 22-year-old husband had been shot and severely wounded while on active duty in Afghanistan. The couple have an 8-month-old son, Asher, whom Wes hasn’t seen since the child was seven weeks old.

Farron is in stable condition, following a first surgery that removed the bullet and repaired damage to his liver and kidney, according to Mrs. Farron’s sister, Erin Martin.

Martin said Farron was scheduled for a second surgery overnight Monday to wash and clean the wound, but, as of press time, the family had not heard how that surgery had gone.

“We just don’t have a lot of information,” said Martin. “We don’t know the extent of the damage to the kidney and liver.”

Farron was deployed to Afghanistan on April 12 of this year and was scheduled to come home January 1. He joined the United States Army in April 2009 and attended boot camp at Fort Benning before being stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Wes and Melanie Lovern Farron will celebrate their second wedding anniversary this December along with their son, Asher.


“Asher was just 7 weeks old when his dad left. Wes hasn’t seen him since then, except when he was occasionally able to Skype on the computer,” Martin said.

Martin said before the injury Farron was scheduled to come back from the field Tuesday.

“Melanie hadn’t talked to him in over a week before the injury, and then she got the phone call Monday that he had been shot. We actually don’t know when he was shot, but the notification call came Monday,” Martin said.

Martin said the family was told Farron was “severely wounded in combat and sustained damage to his liver and kidney, and he is stable, yet critical.”

Once Farron is moved from Afghanistan, possibly to Germany, Melanie, Asher and Wes’s parents will be flown to see him.

“Right now we’re waiting on ‘bedside’ requests, and the doctor has to ask for that,” Martin said. “The army has called and gotten all of Melanie’s travel information. She’ll need to be ready in 2 to 3 hours once she gets word.”

Right now Melanie and her family, the Loverns, members of the Jasper United Methodist Church, are waiting and asking for prayers from the community.

“Prayers are greatly appreciated. That’s the main thing we need right now. The worst part is not knowing. It’s hard when somebody calls you up and says your husband’s been shot and you can’t see him. They have told (Melanie) that he’s stable, and we’re just hanging on to that right now.”


+13 #1 Connie 2011-10-11 18:27
Thankful to your husband for his service for our country. Our thoughts and Prayers are with him and your family as he heals.
mary roberts
+13 #2 mary roberts 2011-10-11 20:35
i pray for his wife and parents to give them strength to be able to handle this. i pray that this young soldier recovers completely. we owe so much to these young men and women for all they do to keep us safe. get well soon my prayers are with you.
Donna Andrews
+10 #3 Donna Andrews 2011-10-11 21:44
Praying for God's healing touch and safe travels for his sweet family as they travel to be with him. I know his wife to be a very sweet young woman and I pray for God to give her strength and courage in the days to come. They have a beautiful;hands ome, young son who needs both his parents home with him to raise him. I'm praying hard for this dear family whose father is serving our Country and keeping us safe through his sacrifices.May God give you his protection and speed on your journey home.
nicole whitley
+3 #4 nicole whitley 2011-10-12 09:30
Wes we will be thinking about you & hope you have a quick recovery. We will see you guys back at Rile
Jay Minor
+3 #5 Jay Minor 2011-10-12 09:55
We are praying non-stop for Wes and his family, he means alot to all of us and if there is ANYTHING we can do please let me know
Ruby Klys
+1 #6 Ruby Klys 2011-10-12 18:41
Melanie this is the time in your life when God is carrying you, just hold to and trust in him. My prayers are that God will heal Wes completely and bring him home safely and that he can once again be hugged by Asher as in the picture. God be with all of you through this difficult time. We love and care about you all.
+1 #7 Tristan 2011-10-12 19:17
I'm preying for wes hope every thing goes well , thanks for supporting us and our country wes

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