EDMOND — Kyle Stoy, a member of the National Guard, said he is proud of the medals he received after being injured in Afghanistan, but those honors didn't compare to the homecoming he got from his fellow Edmond police officers.
“All that topped the medals hands down,” Stoy told The Oklahoman on Friday.
Stoy landed on Oklahoma soil Thursday to find 19 police officers lining the walkway at Will Rogers World Airport.
Police SWAT team members, where Stoy served for seven years, were waiting with big smiles to welcome him home.
Tears flowed all around as Stoy hugged his fellow officers.
The 12-year veteran of the Edmond Police Department was injured Nov. 30 while on patrol in Langham province. The vehicle he and six other soldiers were riding in hit a roadside bomb.
He has been in rehab in San Antonio, Texas.
A caravan of 18 Edmond police cruisers brought Stoy from Oklahoma City to his front door in Edmond. On-duty officers and firefighters blocked the intersections along Broadway as the caravan passed through the city.
Officers standing outside their cars saluted him on his way home. More than 50 were standing in Stoy's front yard while a police chaplain said a prayer.
“It was impressive,” Stoy said. “There was a rush of emotion. This is my family. They love me and I love them.”
Stoy arrived home the same day more than 170 members of his 45th Infantry Brigade combat team arrived in Oklahoma.