Airman badly injured in Arizona returns home to Idaho

Posted at 9:19 PM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 23:22:27-04

An Idaho Airman, flown to a California hospital after an incident in Arizona nearly two weeks ago is home.

The man underwent serious surgery that required his jaw to be wired shut, and while he can barely speak, his family said he is on his way to recovery.

Officials said the airmen were leaving a restaurant when an altercation ensued involving approximately eight other men.

One of the airmen involved told his mother they were waiting for an Uber when they were jumped from behind.

After days in the hospital, dozens were at the airport Tuesday as the man arrived home to his son, family, and friends. 

Family members said they are happy to have him home where he can heal from his injuries with his loved ones supporting him.

According to a spokesman from Gowen Field, the airmen are considered victims at this point.

Gowen Field said they are working with the Yuma Police Department to hopefully have the situation come to a resolution, but it is not something they are used to dealing with within the Idaho Air National Guard. 

"It was a shock to us, but it just reminds us that we in our profession need to remain vigilant everywhere we go. For the most part, we are always receiving tremendous support from our communities and we have grown to enjoy that but this just goes to show you that we still have to remain vigilant," explained Major Chris Borders, Public Affairs Officer for Gowen Field.

The man still has roughly six weeks of recovery ahead of him. 

The investigation is still ongoing, but the mother of the man has put up a 1,000 dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

The family said they are hopeful that the Yuma Police Department will find the men responsible for doing this.