CARMEL, IN (INGERSOLL RAND NEWS SERVICE) -- Residential Solutions recently donated a Schlage LiNK wireless remote entry and home management system to the Helping a Hero Home Program. The system was placed in a brand new home presented to Iraq war veteran Sergeant Eddie Wright, USMC (Ret.). The new home meets all of his specially adapted needs, and the donated Schlage LiNK system gives him a convenient way to monitor and control access to his new home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The basic system includes a keypad lock and is built around Z-Wave wireless technology, enabling him to lock and unlock doors and control other Z-Wave-enabled devices from any computer and from his Web-enabled mobile phone.
On April 7, 2004, while serving with Bravo Company 1st Reconnaissance Battalion (USMC) in the Al Anbar province of Iraq, Sgt. Wright was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. He sustained severe life-threatening wounds that included the immediate loss of both hands and forearms and an open fracture of his left femur. Despite his severe injuries, he continued leading his troops and got them all to safety, which resulted in his being awarded the Bronze Star with Valor Device. He was medically evacuated from Fallujah to the United States.
He spent a year in recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he received extensive physical therapy to begin walking again and occupational therapy to learn to use his prosthetic arms to accomplish challenging daily living tasks.
Following the loss of his hands and forearms, and after a year of intense rehabilitation, Sgt. Wright became an instructor at the Martial Arts Center of Excellence, teaching Marine Corp Combatives the basics in hand-to-hand combat. On May 29, 2006, he medically retired from the Marine Corp.
Helping a Hero is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides specially adapted homes for qualifying, severely injured U.S. service members. For more information, visit www.helpingahero.org.