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Local Marine Receives Roaring Hero’s Welcome

Members of three marine and veteran’s biker groups revved their engines for returning marine, Jared Kumer on Thursday.
EAST PEORIA – Members of three marine and veteran’s biker groups revved their engines for returning marine, Jared Kumer on Thursday.

"Kind of overwhelming to see everybody come out and support you. It's good to know that everybody's got your back," Kumer said.

Jared’s father John is a biker himself and organized the homecoming, but said he was surprised how many people came out for a ride in the middle of the week. He said most of all he was happy to see his son.

"You know he got home safe and sound, got his duty in and I’m real proud of everything he's done," Jared’s father said.

Kumer spent two seven-month back-to-back tours in Afghanistan transporting food, water and gear. He said he was honored to see such solidarity when he came back to Illinois.

"I think one of them got the word and everybody here's volunteering to, they came out here and they're going to escort me back into town, so I can't even say how thankful I am for that," he said.

The bikers led Kumer in a parade of patriotism to his home town of East Peoria, where loved ones had waited months to wrap their arms around their dearly missed marine.

"It’s nice to have him back and I really appreciate everyone's support and it's awesome I think, I wish every service member returning home could get all this support," said Jared’s mother, Becky.

Kumer said knowing how much he's missed makes him all the more excited to stand on American soil.

"There’s no better feeling in the world, I don't know how to explain it," he said.

Kumer has about a year left in the Marine Corps and said he would eventually like to be a police officer.
 
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