Matthew Keil, with his wife Tracy, at their home in Parker, Colorado. The Anthony Wayne grad will participate in World Series ceremonies on Saturday.
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There was a time when doctors thought Staff Sgt. Matthew Keil of Swanton Twp. might never move his arms, might never talk, might never again breathe without the aid of a ventilator.
But Sergeant Keil, whose spine was hit when he was shot in the neck by a sniper in Iraq in February, has recovered sufficiently since then that he and another soldier will participate Saturday night in First Pitch ceremonies before Game 3 of the World Series at Coors Field in Denver.
I still can t believe this is happening, said Sergeant Keil, who is now able to speak and has been off a ventilator since June.
I m honored and flabbergasted. It s the World Series. It s unbelievable.
Sergeant Keil, an Anthony Wayne High School graduate who now lives in Colorado, was chosen for the First Pitch ceremony from a list of area soldiers submitted by a Denver television station.
He officially retired from the U.S. Army on Monday because of his medical disability.
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