Wounded Owasso Soldier Returns To Family's Embrace - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Wounded Owasso Soldier Returns To Family's Embrace

Posted: Updated:
Specialist Randen Allison is greeted by his wife and one of his children at the Tulsa Airport. Specialist Randen Allison is greeted by his wife and one of his children at the Tulsa Airport.
Allison was lucky to survive a firefight that severed an artery in his arm while he served with the 45th Infantry. Allison was lucky to survive a firefight that severed an artery in his arm while he served with the 45th Infantry.
Oklahoma Sergeant Bret Isenhower, who was killed two weeks later, saved Allison's life. Oklahoma Sergeant Bret Isenhower, who was killed two weeks later, saved Allison's life.
Owasso residents welcome the soldier back home Saturday. Owasso residents welcome the soldier back home Saturday.

Emily Baucum, News On 6

OWASSO, Oklahoma -- An Owasso soldier is finally back in the arms of his wife and children after barely making it home from Afghanistan. Specialist Randen Allison credits a fellow Oklahoma soldier with saving his life.

"Thank you. Thank you," were Specialist Randen Allison's first words back on Sooner soil.

He was reunited with his wife who held down the fort back home in Owasso.

"I don't have to worry anymore. I don't have to wait for that phone call to know he's okay," said Jamie Allison, the soldier's wife.

Specialist Allison served with Oklahoma's 45th Infantry in Afghanistan and was injured in August when his unit was ambushed.

"When I dropped down and fired back I got hit in the arm," Randen Allison said.

Another Oklahoma soldier rushed to his side.

"Sergeant Isenhower did. He was the first one up there with a tourniquet," he said.

Sergeant Bret Isenhower saved Specialist Allison's life. The soldier from Seminole died in combat just two weeks later. Since then, the two families formed a unique bond through the gift of life and the sacrifice of death.

9/12/2011 Related Story: Seminole High School Teachers Remember Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

"They feel a real connection to Randen because he was saved by Isenhower and one of the last to see him. It's like a second family," Jamie Allison said.

"If it weren't for him, he wouldn't be here," she said.

"I'd just have to thank him again. I was fortunate to thank him," her husband said.

Specialist Allison spent the past eight weeks recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

"They took a vein out of my leg to repair the artery because it hit the artery and severed it," he said of his injured arm.

His hand is still weak but is strong enough to hold 11-month-old Channing.

And wave a thank you to the dozens of neighbors who lined the streets of Owasso to welcome their hero home.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.