Sawyer was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. He grew up playing football and always has loved sports. Through the Jacksonville Job Corps, he earned his high-school diploma and learned to be an electrician. Always looking for an adventure, he joined the Navy and soon became an Electrician’s Mate. He served two tours aboard USS Boone (FFG-28) and USS Farragut (DDG-99), conducting counter narcotic operations and theater security cooperation exercises in the Caribbean and South America. He loved the travel, especially the opportunity to visit countries such as Brazil, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Panama and Costa Rica. Once back on shore, he was stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville; the football injury occurred while he worked there. Sawyer has since been medically retired. He currently is having a house built for himself and his family, and is deciding on his next career path and what to study at college.

Photo of Henry Sawyer

Henry Sawyer

Retired Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class

Age: 48

Current Command/Position: Retired

Current Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Disability: Spinal cord injury, sustain in football game February 2010