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Holly Springs Police Officer, Wife Flying Home Tonight

Shane and Meg Ladner, who were injured in a Texas train incident, are flying home tonight, but Meg will go to Atlanta Medical Center.

CORRECTION: An editor changed wording in a press release from "awards of valor" to a misnamed award. This version of the story returns the wording to the original.

Holly Springs Police Officer Shane Ladner and wife Meg Ladner, , were scheduled to leave the Lone Star State today about 4 p.m. 

The two, set to fly back to Georgia, will land at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport and Meg Ladner, whose leg was amputated, will be transported to Atlanta Medical Center, said Holly Springs police spokesman Lt. Tanya Anderson. "We expect her to be at Atlanta Medical by 8 or 9 p.m.," Anderson added. "I have no updates on condition, prognosis, how long they expect to be at Atlanta [Medical], etc."

Officer Ladner was treated for back injuries he received in the accident as one of 25 veterans participating in the annual "Hunt for Heroes" event coordinated by Show of Support

Ladner was chosen by the nonprofit organization to participate in the event and was also recognized for his military service after he was wounded in combat while on duty in Iraq. 

A veteran of the United States Army, he was wounded twice in combat, for which he was recognized with awards for valor. His injuries eventually forced him to retire from active duty service in the Army. 

Ladner has been served in law enforcement since 2005. He has been employed with the Holly Springs Police Department for three years.

Residents can help the Ladners by contributing to a benefit fund set up at Cherokee Bank. Donations can be made in person at the bank or by mail to: Cherokee Bank, P.O. Box 4250, Canton, GA 30114. Checks should be made payable to: Ladner Benefit Fund.

Cherokee Bank has a location in Canton and in Woodstock. For more information, call the bank's Canton branch at (770) 479-3400.

MICHELE PIERCE(POSTED PROUDLY) November 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Sigh...The Patch gets it wrong again. You do not receive a valor award. He received a Purple Heart(s) because he was wounded in combat. He might have received a Bronze Star which a V for Valor device(I think that is the proper way of saying things) can be added. If you are going to credit someones awards or medals please get it correct. They have specific meanings to military and to the one who earned them.
crrazytimes November 20, 2012 at 07:54 PM
someone is a stickler. Valor: strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery So he can actually get a medal for valor. which medal it is depends. but when they give you the medal VALOR is usually one of the reasons they received it. Also they didn't say he got a valor medal. they said "he was recognized with awards for valor." so actually its you that's wrong. might need to brush up on your reading comprehension skills.
MICHELE PIERCE(POSTED PROUDLY) November 21, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Just wanted Sgt Ladner to be credited with the proper medals awarded. The writer did not do their research and that is a shame, give him his proper credit. Being awarded the Purple Heart, The Bronze or V device for valor is a great honor. If your not sure ask someone! Not everyone is an expert but there are many in this community that will gladly explain how to properly word the award if you don't know how. I also have more than an a basic level of reading comprehension. I have sent a message to the editor because I suspect the wording had been changed in this story.
crrazytimes November 21, 2012 at 04:29 PM
or you just didnt read it right.... And he gave him credit. he said that he was awarded for his valor. just because he didnt put down all the medals the guy got doesnt mean he didnt give him credit. People like you are irritating. Only purpose in life is to point out something wrong, or see something as wrong because its not how YOU would have done it. The story in itself doesnt need to have the medals listed to get the point across. Why dont you go sue someone for not labeling their coffee as HOT. or their ice cream as COLD.
MICHELE PIERCE(POSTED PROUDLY) November 22, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Michelle, My apologies. The correction note I wrote didn't get saved, in which I explained that the writer changed "awards of valor to an incorrect award name. I will go in and add it properly this morning. We did ask the source of "awards of valor" for more information about his awards, but were told they didn't know what they were. ▶ Show quoted text --Bob Pepalis Associate Regional Editor Editor, Alpharetta-Milton Oatch See I am correct, the writer did change the story after I brought it to their attention. But they also failed to use the correct verbage the first time and did not notify the readers of their correction. Journalism 101 if you you do not have all of the facts do not include it in your story. Yes we all can agree that Sgt Ladner is loyal and has the qualities you mentioned in your defintion of Valor: strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery. However my point had nothing to do personally with Sgt.Ladner but with the sloppiness of the article which is the status quo of the Patch. Sgt Ladner and his wife deserve the upmost respect and honor from our community and nation for his service and sacrifices. Just give him the proper credit for earning those medals. Oh by the way I personally find it quite funny that you think I'm a lawsuit seeker. Nope. But if I see you mistreat the American flag, fail to illuminate it at.night or not take it down when it rains. I will be on your front door step.
Kristal Dixon (Editor) November 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Michelle, thanks for your due diligence. However, please refrain from threatening participants in the comment threat.

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