The son of Urban County Councilwoman Linda Gorton suffered shrapnel wounds on his legs recently while shielding another soldier in a hand-grenade training accident in Afghanistan.
Gorton said her son, Staff Sgt. Clayton "Clay" Gorton, 28, was training a German soldier on a grenade range about three weeks ago when the accident occurred.
The German soldier tried to throw a live grenade, but it rolled back to where he and Clay Gorton were standing and exploded.
"Clay tackled the soldier to the ground and covered him with his body to protect him," Linda Gorton said.
Gorton spent a few days in a hospital, and he has been on light duty while his wounds heal, his mother said. The other soldier wasn't injured.
Clay Gorton, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, has been in Afghanistan since early June.
"We haven't made a big deal out of it," his mother said. "But we're very proud of him."