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An East Texas Soldier is Welcomed Home After Surviving the Denver Plane Crash

by Kirby Gibbs

KENNARD, TX (KTRE) - What was supposed to be a happy flight home for the holidays ... Turned into a nightmare for an East Texas Soldier.

You may recall ... Earlier this month ... A plane taking off from a Denver airport veered off the runway and burst into flames.

Luckily ... All 115 passengers survived. An East Texas family is now counting their blessings after their son makes it home safe.

"It's always good to come back home and see family, you know, just come back and spend time with family and friends it's a good feeling" says Sgt. Gilmore. 

The Gilmore and Benton family celebrated, with food and thanksgiving, the safe return of their beloved Jamieson. Sergeant Jamieson Gilmore recently survived the Denver plan crash that could have taken the lives of he and more than one hundred other passengers.

Gilmore told KTRE, "When I looked out the window and saw the right engine on fire the only thing I could think of was I had to get off that plane and come home because I done made two tours to Iraq and I wasn't about to let that plane stop me from coming home and seeing my family."

That's when he sprang into action.

"I unbuckled the seat belt and jumped over a few people and pushed a few people off the plane and slid down the ramp and ran up the hill to the fire station. I started running through the fire department and getting towels cause it was some people that was bleeding, so I tried to help those people out by getting towels and water and just helping those people out cause I was fine."

Sergeant Gilmore's family is thankful he made it home in one piece.

"This is the greatest Christmas present I could ever have, is my son and I thank Sod for sparing his life again", said his father Archie Lee Benton.

Sergeant Gilmore is also, of course, grateful and now has another story of survival to tell others.

"I just wanna tell everybody, just don't take life for granted because one day you're here and the next day you could be gone so just live everyday to the fullest and always enjoy your family when you got time to spend with them."

Gilmore will soon be leaving but will continue to enjoy his stay here in East Texas with his family and friends.

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