By Mike Hixenbaugh
Rocky Mount Telegram
March 28, 2009
Melinda Heck couldn’t hide her smile last month as she walked side-by-side with Michael Beck. Inhibited by a rigid brace on one leg and still adjusting to a new prosthetic on the other, Beck could only hobble through the physical therapy center in Washington, D.C.
Heck didn’t mind the pace.
Just under a year ago in Iraq, Beck lay unconscious in her arms as his blood poured from him onto the desert soil. For the 21-year-old Rocky Mount native to walk at all, Heck said, seems a miracle.