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Concord welcomes home soldier just in time for Christmas

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CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) -

Pam Britt can rattle off the day and time she got the phone call. "Saturday, 5:32 in the morning. They had called to say my son had been injured and read me a report."

She calls it the worst day of her life. At that moment all she knew was her son, 23-year-old Tyler Jeffries, lost both of his legs to an IED.

"I waited about 4 hours and he called me," Britt said.

Since that call in October, Britt has been at her son's hospital beside. "He is a fighter..he is a true soldier through and through and he has pulled through this."

Jeffries gives a lot of credit to his mom too.

"For whatever reason, I can't explain it but I've been moving so fast ..my healing process I was up and walking up in a month," Jeffries said.

In fact, Jeffries walked through the doors of Crosspointe Baptist Church in Concord on two prosthetic legs and a little help from his family.

It was here, hundreds of friends, family and complete strangers waited to greet their hometown hero.

Jeffries was escorted to the church by hundreds of members of the Patriot Guard and police. A huge American flag hung from a fire truck while other first responders shut down the road to let the entourage pass. The Alexander family stood on the roadway holding flags and signs that read "Welcome Home."

"You can see the people blowing their horns as they go by here," Terry Alexander said.

"I cannot believe this many people came out to see my son..truly amazing. People don't even know us and they're there to show their support to a stranger…amazing …we have a great country..very proud of my son," Britt said.

At the homecoming celebration, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett declared December 22 Tyler Jeffries' Day.

Jeffries says the outpouring of support was overwhelming. But he wanted to make it clear that while he was grateful, he wanted people to remember the men and women still fighting overseas.

"It's hard to accept sometimes, somebody's says you're a hero…you don't want to believe it. There are so many in my eyes doing so much and the same thing I did so I feel like I can't take all the credit for it," Jeffries said.

Jeffries says his first goal is to be able to see his group of guys that helped save his life. They are expected back stateside in January.

"My biggest goal, I was telling everyone, I just want to go back to Afghanistan..I was there [at the hospital] with no legs, day three and I was like 'send me back.' I still to this day want to go back. My family, my brothers in arms are still there," Jeffries said.

Britt says her son will have to return to Walter Reed after the first of the year. He will probably be there for 9 or 10 months but she hopes he will be home for good this time next year.

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