Criminal Justice

Lawyer Honored for Saving Sons in Michigan Car Bombing


A lawyer whose life changed as he was taking his sons to football practice in Monroe, Mich., was honored as an “everyday hero” Thursday evening.

Erik Chappell and his two sons were injured in September when the lawyer’s Volvo station wagon exploded in an apparent bombing. Chappell carried his sons from the burning car and called for help. He was among several Monroe County residents honored for heroism by the American Red Cross. NorthwestOhio.com, the Toledo Blade, FoxToledo.com and WTOL.com have stories.

The boys, Grant, 14, and Cole, 11, joined their father on stage. Cole finished his last physical therapy session that same day, Chappell said.

Chappell told the audience that the incident left him feeling isolated and in a dark place, according to the WTOL story. “With the support of the people in our community, it took us from that dark place and really uplifted us,” he said.

No arrests have been made for the crime. The investigation continues.

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