In a statement today, Central Point Police Chief Kris Allison had this to say:
“On Wednesday morning we were advised that Lt. Brian Day’s son , JD Day, has been seriously injured by an improvised explosive device during a military operation overseas and that those injuries led to the amputation of his right leg above the knee.
The family has not yet been able to speak directly with JD, but anticipate a trip in the next few days to meet him to celebrate his return to the states and the beginning of his recovery.
“JD was a role model of good character, discipline, commitment and service-to-others growing up here in the Rogue Valley. JD is a graduate of Cascade Christian High School and is a newlywed to his beautiful wife, Aubry. These qualities instilled in his hometown, no doubt led him into harm’s way in service to our country and its ideals. After several years of intense training with the Air Force, JD held an elite status of Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller assigned to a US Special Forces ODA Team. Many times his family often didn’t know where he was or what he was doing but were always keenly aware that he was in danger. Now they know that he will be coming home sooner than later, and for that they are grateful.
“Please keep the Days close in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months to come. JD has paid a dear price and deserves all the love support we can offer.
“The Police Department has received inquires on how to help JD and his family and will pass on any fundraising efforts that are organized. The family is asking for your prayers and good thoughts to help them with this journey.”
The following is an official statement from Aubry Day, wife if Justin Day, and Melinda and Brian Day, Justin’s parents:
“Early on July 11th, we were informed Justin, “JD,” was wounded in action while on a patrol in Afghanistan.Justin is an Air Force Special Tactics operator, trained specifically as a Combat Controller, and at the time of injury he was part of a joint operation. As a result of his injuries, JD has lost his right leg above his knee and some portions of his left hand. He has also suffered burns.JD is currently stable and on his way back to the United States. We will be able to meet him as soon as he arrives.We ask at this time that you respect our privacy as we navigate through this difficult time. We can’t express how grateful we are for all the love surrounding us as we start this journey.We are incredibly proud of JD for his choice to serve our country and we know he will continue to stay strong during this period.JD’s Air Force Special Tactics Family has been incredibly helpful and supportive, and we are thankful for their quick actions that have enabled us to feel as comfortable as possible as we await his return to the U.S. “