MILITARY APPRECIATION: Wounded Warrior Nathan Rimpf
When Army First Lt. Nathan Rimpf assists officials with the opening coin toss at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Oct. 27, his family and friends from Raleigh will be in the stands cheering for him. And cheering his ability to walk onto the field.
Rimpf, who graduated from ECU in 2010, was injured July 8 in Afghanistan just two months after arriving there. Rimpf’s injuries included the loss of one leg below the knee and the other leg lost through the knee, according to his mother, Cindy Rimpf.
He was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and has now moved to the facility’s outpatient rehabilitation apartments. His progress is updated on the “Nathan Rimpf Support Fund” page on Facebook and a webpage hosted at the Caring Bridge site.
Friends and family of Rimpf also have created wristbands that sell for $5, with all proceeds going to the Nathan Rimpf Support Fund. According to a recent article in the Raleigh News & Observer, more than 2,000 wristbands have been sold thus far.