Cpl Ricky Furgusson made freeman of Telford

Cpl Furgusson receiving the medal Cpl Furgusson received the Military Cross from the Queen in 2010

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A soldier who was badly injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan is to be made an honorary freeman of Telford.

Cpl Ricky Furgusson was awarded the Military Cross after rescuing colleagues wounded by improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

In 2010 the Telford soldier lost both legs, his left eye and fingers on both hands when he was injured by an IED.

Telford and Wrekin Council said Cpl Furgusson's courage was an "inspiration to everyone".

Council Leader Kuldip Sahota said: "He served his Queen and country with distinction in an extremely hostile environment and has paid a devastating personal price for his efforts."

Cpl Furgusson, of the 4th Battalion The Rifles, is due to receive the freedom of Telford from the borough mayor at a ceremony on Thursday.

Next month he will also be part of a crew of injured servicemen who will represent Shropshire in a 1,000-strong flotilla on the River Thames in London as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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