July 10, 2003 -Posted at: 5:21 p.m. CDT
WYNNE, Ark. -- The only soldier to survive a fatal Blackhawk helicopter crash in Iraq returned home to a hero's welcome in Region 8 Thursday.
Crowds lined the streets of Wynne to welcome home Army Sgt. James Sides, who was injured in a May crash that killed three other American soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
State dignitaries, including Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller and First Lady Janet Huckabee, honored Sides with a neighborhood parade.
Sgt. James Sides says, his family has been his driving force. "The scariest thing for me was thinking I wouldn't be able to throw a football with my boys. I have two boys and they mean the world to me, my family is priority one."
Sides says doctors told him, medically speaking he should have died. "After being underwater for three minutes you're legally brain dead, I was under for five to seven minutes and I'm still here.