Hedeman Honors Texas War Hero Jack Fanning



 In his opening remarks Tuff Hedeman dedicates each and every performance of the CBR to the military because in his words “we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without their commitment and dedication to this great country.”

At the Fort Worth Tuff Hedeman Champion Bull Riding, Hedeman and the CBR honored one man who is above average in his commitment and dedication both during and after five tours of duty in the United States Air Force.

Jack Fanning of Fort Worth and the organization of Brothers-Keepers was honored with a trophy buckle ceremony presentation that rendered the fans and bull riders of the annual event speechless. The organization Brothers-Keepers was created and is dedicated to carrying “their brother’s load” in times of need, regardless of the circumstances and carries the slogan -no act of kindness however small is ever wasted.

Jack Fanning joined the Air Force in 1997 and completed a pipeline of vigorous schools which eventually landed him in the Air Force’s elite group of AF Special Operations Combat Controllers, the risk taking dare devils of the Air Force.

He loved his job and worked hard to always be among the best. In 2009 he joined an elite squadron and began a vigorous eight-month Operating Training Course. During one of the course exercises in 2010, he parachuted into a blacked-out drop zone with his teammates and sustained a C4 spinal cord injury. Jack was paralyzed from the neck down and underwent immediate surgery to stabilize his cervical spine and had a breathing tube inserted. Currently, he is unable to move from the shoulders down and is considered a C4 incomplete quadriplegic.

Jack is a role model showing his positive attitude and his never quit mentality. He has a passion of trying to help and honor other veterans, first responders, and their families. Jack is a Brothers-keeper and his sacrifices for the USA will never be forgotten.

Jack is a father, son, and a great friend choosing to expand his organization to helping others that helped him. Since medically retiring from a career that placed him in one of the most elite units in the military, Jack Fanning has lived an active life as a disabled veteran quadriplegic with Brothers-Keepers.

Today he conducts therapy two days a week at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur, TX, fighting daily to regain control of the link between mind, nerves, and muscles. His condition has not slowed him down as he still finds ways to shoot, hunt, scuba dive, and even jump out of airplanes.

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