Wounded Marine gets hero's welcome

Lance Cpl. Kevin Hoffman received a hero's welcome at the Jersey Shore upon his return from Afghanistan.

The procession stretched about 17 miles and wound through nearly a dozen communities. Towns from Keyport to Sandy Hook put on a red, white and blue display to show support for the return of the wounded Marine.

Hoffman, who is a volunteer firefighter from Sea Bright, was nearly paralyzed in March when his convoy in Afghanistan was hit by an improvised explosive device.

Hoffman's friends back home used their police, fire and EMS connections, as well as Facebook and word of mouth, to make sure the Marine had a memorable homecoming.

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