Soldier returns after life threatened by roadside bomb

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Staff Sgt. Brent Olson was welcomed home by hundreds Wednesday evening at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Olsen is a dog handler in the 42nd Security Forces Squadron. He and his dog, Blek, were injured in several bomb blasts while patrolling in Afghanistan.

Both are expected to be ok, but the dog suffers permanent hearing loss.

Fellow soldiers say they're thrilled both are alive.

"Fortunately in our case it was an injury and not a death.  And so to have Sgt. Olsen back here, back in our fold and back in our unit is really special to us. And that's why you see these people out here, the flags and the escort from the folks downtown because it's a total community effort and the community is excited to have him home again," says Col. Brian Killough, Commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing.

Olsen was awarded the purple heart for his combat actions.  He's recovering from minor injuries now and hopes to get back to work as a dog handler soon.

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