EDMOND — Rusty Dunagan lost two legs and an arm fighting for his country in Afghanistan.
Back home in Oklahoma, others helped the Army veteran raise money to buy a customized sport utility vehicle with a wheelchair lift that he could drive.
This week, when someone stole the tires and wheels from the SUV, another stepped in again, and now Dunagan is back on the road.
“I'm definitely extremely grateful,” Dunagan said. “You see a lot of bad things on the news every day, and it seems the news is more negative than positive, but we have a community that wants to help out and came together.”
On Sept. 22, 2010, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dunagan stepped on an improvised explosive device while on a mission in Afghanistan. The explosive blew off both legs and his left arm.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Wounded Warrior program helped obtain a grant to buy the $60,000 customized SUV with a power lift for Dunagan's wheelchair.
Overnight Sunday, the tires and wheels — worth about $3,200 — were stolen while the vehicle was parked in the driveway at Dunagan's home in the Trails North addition.
Monday morning, he found the SUV sitting on landscaping rocks used for blocks.
A neighbor who wants to remain anonymous paid for the new tires, Dunagan said.
The help from the neighbor comes at a good time, Dunagan said. His wife, Angie, is expecting another child. They have four children already.
“It's weird how things work out,” Dunagan said.