MARIETTA, Ga. - For the first time since the shootings at Kennesaw's FedEx facility, the security guard most seriously wounded,
is talking about his ordeal.
“We've heard stories from all over the world of people who are praying for us and supporting us so it’s really, really humbling,” Sparkman told Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt.
Sparkman had come back to Kennestone Hospital just to thank those who cared for him, and found himself surrounded by people wanting to know how he was doing.
The answer: just fine.
Sparkman worked security at the FedEx facility in Kennesaw when a disturbed worker came in and opened fire, wounding several others before killing himself.
Sparkman was the first shot and spent months in the hospital recovering from a point blank shotgun blast to the midsection.
“Besides just making it to the hospital in the first place, everything after that is just a day-by-day thing,” Sparkman said about his recovery.
He still is fed by tubes and needs more significant surgery around the end of the year to repair damage left behind.
Sparkman, alongside his wife, Jamie, posed with the group who helped set up a special one year wedding anniversary night in their hospital room.
“I tell Chris all the time he's going to have a hard time topping this next year,” Jamie Sparkman said.
The Kennestone crew received an award for helping make that night special and giving the
“You know a lot of people will give us that look, that pity look or ‘We're so sorry it happened’ look, but it’s all about celebrating,” Jamie Sparkman said.
Sparkman will likely have another extended stay at Kennestone when he has follow up surgery around the end of the year.
He said when he was shot, he was close to getting a job as an air traffic controller which he hopes to do when he recovers.