Updates on Jim's deployment status. We hope you will share your thoughts and comments.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


I'm sorry for the delay in getting this blog posted . . . the past few days I have been barraged with e-mails and phone calls from everyone anxious to hear what has happened to Jim. Let me start by saying thank you to all the family, friends, co-workers, churches and ministries for their constant prayers over these past two days. The Alunni family and I are eternally grateful for the support from each of you.

While I assume everyone is aware that Jim has been injured, I will start from the beginning to give a bit of clarity as to what transpired. On Monday evening, August 1, Mr. & Mrs. Alunni received a phone call from the Marines advising them that something had happened to Jim. No specifics were given, even as to if Jim were alive. You can only imagine what the Alunnis went through over the course of the night without any real news. Tuesday, word of Jim's condition and injuries ran rampant, with the focus made mostly on "severe leg injuries". Rather than spend a page writing about the false information that was given to Mr. & Mrs. Alunni regarding Jim - I want to let you all know he is doing well.

This information is the most current and accurate information we have received thus far. Any other information circulating may stem from information that was incorrectly given to us and then communicated to friends and family

Jim suffered from a shrapnel injury to his neck. The shrapnel passed through one side of his neck and exited through the other, causing injury to his esophagus. Because of this injury, it required Jim to have a tracheotomy. There is also a piece of shrapnel by his thyroid, which they have chosen to leave alone at this time. Jim also suffered some burns (my apologies - I don't know where on his body) The most serious of his injuries was his esophagus. As of 8:30am yesterday (Wednesday) Jim was taken off the ventilator and breathing on his own. He is alert and conscious. The tracheotomy will remain for 2-6 weeks. They are feeding Jim through his nose since he can not eat due to the injury to the esophagus. He is communicating by writing. Today (Thursday morning) Jim was in a lot of pain so they gave him and epidural to help ease the pain. He is scheduled to be transported tomorrow morning to Bethesda, Maryland where he will spend the necessary time recovering. We have NO idea how long he will be there. Mr. & Mrs. Alunni are planning on traveling to Bethesda Saturday morning to be by Jim's side.

We are relieved only in that Jim will be stateside by tomorrow. I know many of you are wanting to see or communicate with Jim. As soon as we find out more specifics about visitors, mail, etc. we will let you know. Please be patient! We are a little overwhelmed and are doing our best to get information and updates out. Remember . . . the information is constantly changing.

If you didn't believe in the power of prayer, I hope this will serve as a testament. When a community of people pull together to offer prayer, no matter what faith . . . you can see the hand of God at work. I encourage you all to look at Psalms 31, starting at verse 13.



At Thursday, August 04, 2005 2:34:00 PM, Blogger debs2girls said...

We are all so proud of you and can't wait until you come home. The girls and I are keeping you in our prayers every night. Love Debbie Carter & girls :)

At Thursday, August 04, 2005 4:37:00 PM, Blogger BLACKFIVE said...

We'll be thinking and praying for Jim, you and the family.

At Thursday, August 04, 2005 5:30:00 PM, Anonymous bigdad said...

I am praying for you. Thank you for all you have done for me and mine.

At Thursday, August 04, 2005 6:52:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

Prayers on the way for Jim and all the men and their families. God bless them.

At Thursday, August 04, 2005 8:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful brave Jim and family, my best wishes and prayers for you all.
If I wernt so darn old Id be there in a heartbeat.
Ive lived a good life and dont have much to lose, theyd have one fierce man to fight...

At Thursday, August 04, 2005 8:15:00 PM, Blogger Patti said...

please let us know how we can help,
Soldiers Angels

At Thursday, August 04, 2005 8:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope everything goes OK. Let us know when he's back in the USA. Also let him know we are praying for him.


At Thursday, August 04, 2005 8:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jim and his loved ones:

You are in the prayers of my family. As we give thanks today to Him for each other we will also give our thanks for you and all that you have done for us. We hope for Jim's speedy and complete recovery. Your sacrifices and devotion to our country are deeply appreciated.

It is because of people like Jim, his comrades and the loved ones that support them that I can enjoy peace and safety with my family.


Michael & Family
North Carolina

At Thursday, August 04, 2005 9:04:00 PM, Anonymous David said...

Jim, how can I say Thank you? How can I say thank you for the family that is waiting and praying? You will be in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

I am thankful there is a God who hears and answers prayers. If there wasn't, we would be most miserable.

At Thursday, August 04, 2005 9:42:00 PM, Anonymous Scott C. Holmes said...

My heart and soul go out to you in this difficult time. I wish there was something I could say or do to ease your suffering.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers until I learn that you have returned to good health and a normal life.

Jim, you have everything within you necessary to make it through this. Life for you will get better. This much I know.

Thank you for your service. I am forever in your debt.

At Thursday, August 04, 2005 11:19:00 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

Prayers are being said at our house for Jim as well as family members. Came here via BlackFive.

Thank you for your service, Jim. You will be in our thoughts.

At Friday, August 05, 2005 2:59:00 AM, Blogger Peter said...

Another one who followed the link from B5.
I like to think that He will hear my prayers for Jim, and his loved ones because the creaking and cracking of these old knees as I kneel just has to be loud enough to get His attention.
Just so you know that I know. My grandchildren are safe in their beds sleeping. Thank you for that.

At Friday, August 05, 2005 9:05:00 AM, Blogger Ellita said...


Know that your firefamily at CFFD miss you tremendously. There was a vigil at the station the last 3 days awaiting word that you would be OK. We are all very proud of you and want home as soon as possible. We will be here!

At Friday, August 05, 2005 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Dennis Castiglione said...

You continue to be in our thoughts and you have been since your deployment. Your friends in the Solon Italian Club send their best wishes and want you to know how proud we are of you. Stay strong. Recover quickly and completely. God bless you and continue to hear our prayers for you and your family.

At Friday, August 05, 2005 10:39:00 AM, Blogger Cordeiro said...


My thoughts and prayers are with you along with hopes for a complete and quick recovery.

Thank you, sir, for what you do. Your service has not gone unnoticed.


At Friday, August 05, 2005 11:19:00 AM, Anonymous Carie said...

Heal quickly, Jim. Be well. We love you very much. Thanks to Todd, Scott & Cynthia for doing their best to keep us informed over the last few days.

The Ketz Family

At Friday, August 05, 2005 12:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are my hero.Thank you for serving our country. I will be praying for you and yours.

At Friday, August 05, 2005 1:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jim, for serving. God Bless you and the rest of our brave Warriors.


At Friday, August 05, 2005 2:35:00 PM, Anonymous Kurt Kline said...


This is the first time I have ever written a note to express gratitude for you and all of our servicemen and women serving in our country. I believe that I am part of the "silent majority" in our country that really, truly appreciate your sacrifices and efforts to protect our freedom. I'm a 40 year old salesman that has never really done much to preserve freedom/ethics/morals. I wish I had the intestinal fortitude required to serve my country. All of the people I work with and interact with support our mission and those fighting for us, but we don't really do anything to show our appreciation. I want you to know that your actions have made you a hero in my eyes, and that my kids will grow up to admire and understanding the sacrifices that so many have made to preserve our way of life.

Thank you so very much, and please get well soon.

At Friday, August 05, 2005 4:05:00 PM, Anonymous Lonnie and Klaus from Ohio said...

Our prayers are with you Jim and all your loved ones and we hope for your speedy recovery.
Thank You for your sacrifices for all of us.
God Bless You and all of our wonderful soldiers.Our prayers are with all of you

At Friday, August 05, 2005 8:23:00 PM, Anonymous Michael Smith said...

Are you ok Jim? I hope you are because you are the best cousin in the world.

Love, Michael

At Friday, August 05, 2005 8:30:00 PM, Anonymous Aunt Celeste said...

Hi James God Bless You and keep you.

I'm glad you got such wonderful care in Germany.

The Almond Beach Club in Barbados is probably looking real good to you right now, although you might not want to see sand for awhile.

Mike and I pray for you thoughout the day and night.

At Friday, August 05, 2005 10:42:00 PM, Anonymous Jennifer Baligush said...

Dear Jim,
I just heard about your injuries on Wednesday. All this time I had no idea you were in Iraq. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wish all the best to you in a speedy and full recovery.
-Jen Baligush

At Saturday, August 06, 2005 4:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy, What can I say, you have made a selfless sacrifice that I don't know if I could have ever made. When we sat there at Cyn's the night before your deployment I felt a range of emotions that I never knew I had in me, you have truly touched my life. I do not have any blood brothers but at that moment I felt that you are the closest thing I have to a real brother, you mean so much to me and Amy. The sacrifice that you and so many other men and women have made, to protect our way of life in this country speaks to the kind of person you are, compassionate, caring and fearless, willing to to do what so many others are not able. Amy and I have prayed for you everyday since you have been gone and have been counting the days that we can all be together again, back home where you belong. I'm proud to say that I have a friend that is a hero and a patriot, be strong and get back home to the ones who love you.


At Saturday, August 06, 2005 1:05:00 PM, Anonymous k.lorraine said...

Because of you, we in the Fire/Rescue community are not faced with confronting terrorists on the streets where we live and work, as our brothers in NY did not so long ago. We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude. You and your family are in our prayers.
God Bless You.

At Sunday, August 07, 2005 6:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being someone who spent time as a civilian in Iraq and spent 10 years in the military myself, I have nothing but highest respect for you and what is being accomplished by you and all soldiers, sailors, and airmen. You show what is still great about America when all we hear is the negative from the media. While I'm not much for religion and prayers, my thoughts go out to your safe return and recovery.

At Monday, August 08, 2005 6:05:00 PM, Anonymous Julie said...

Jim- It is a miracle that I even found this but with tears in my eyes as I read all those messages from those wonderful people I knew I must now attempt to type (HA HA!). Thank God for prayer- right? I am so glad that I was able to come see you. It helped me and, in any way, I hoped I helped you.Your bravery has protected the family that loves you and countless other families and now it is time for you to come home. You did all that you can and I am so proud of you for all that you did. I love you very much and feel blessed that we still have you on this earth. Julie

At Monday, August 08, 2005 6:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my prayers are with you..and a speedy recovery.iam a fellow vetran and proud of our country to stand by our word...and our troops..but most of all i want you and the other troops in iraq to know we love you very much..and god has a way of helpinn us thru these times with special care..and understandinn...
may god speed on your recovery..and HOOOOOOOOOOAH!

At Tuesday, August 09, 2005 12:09:00 PM, Anonymous Kim W said...

Jimmy, your mom said you're going to "get me" for using that 10-year-old picture of you on the front page of the newspaper. Hey, blame Svette, he gave it to me.
Know that you have so many people caring and thinking about you that I could write just one article that would fill the whole paper.
How about that? We'd call it the Chagrin Herald Jim edition.
Thinking of you. Don't let anyone paint your toenails while you're laid up.
Kim W.

At Tuesday, August 09, 2005 5:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, it's Mom Alunni, and for myself and my husband Jerry , we would like to give such praise to Cynthia, for keeping up this blog, I said it many times, SHE IS AN ANGEL, PUT IN OUR LIVES.I must first get out my kleenex, when I read these postings, Jim is doing better and better, every day, Thanks to all your prayers and love, we feel the prayers working

At Sunday, August 14, 2005 4:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for being a servicemember.

At Sunday, August 14, 2005 9:31:00 AM, Blogger Huntress said...

My prayers, Jim, and my deepest gratitude for your service and the sacrifice you and your family have made.

At Tuesday, August 16, 2005 8:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you as you recover from your wounds. My family is grateful for all you and your comrades have given and continue to give in the protection of our freedoms. Thanks so much . . .
We love you.
A neighbor in Chagrin Falls

At Wednesday, August 17, 2005 10:08:00 PM, Anonymous Jamie Stutz said...

Hey Jim, just heard about what happened today. My thoughts and payers are with you for a speedy recovery.


At Thursday, August 18, 2005 5:24:00 PM, Anonymous Julie Risdon (Bortak) said...


I just heard the news. I had no idea that you were even in Iraq. Our prayers are with you during your recovery. I'm know that you are extremely strong and will fight to make a full recovery. Our prayers are with you and your family for a quick recovery.


At Thursday, August 18, 2005 10:29:00 PM, Anonymous Shannon Larsen (Adams) said...

Hi Jim,

I heard about what happened on the news and I am very glad that you are home safe and sound. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I wish you a speedy recovery!!
Shannon Larsen (Adams)

At Monday, August 22, 2005 10:50:00 PM, Anonymous Michelle Borowy said...


I'm glad to hear that you are home and doing much better. I will keep you in my prayers for a full & speedy recovery.

Many thanks to you and all of the other brave men and women for your service and sacrifice.

God Bless,
Michelle Borowy

At Monday, October 03, 2005 11:38:00 PM, Blogger GustavoSanta said...

Hello Jim.
Hope you are feeling much better. I served with 1/23 Marines out of Hit until this past March as a corpsman. I wish & pray the best for you in your road to recovery.

HM1 Gustavo Santa

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At Monday, January 16, 2006 8:43:00 PM, Anonymous Amy said...

WOW! It's been too long! Thank you for fighting and being an American Soldier. I've been praying and hoping you are doing well! Remember Heir Van Galen's class in high school?
So proud of you Jim! Best wishes to you and your family!
Amy Gionta

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God bless you and God bless America.I am a Romanian citizen and I was astonished to read how many young people died or were injured in Iraq.Godspeed them.
You and your fellowmen fight for values that a nation of monkeys cannot understand.
I hope you'll be better soon.

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At Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Jim and his family,
I have just heard the news of your injuries and have been very much moved by your brave sacrifice. I will join in praying for you and your family during your recovery. Thank you sincerely Jim for your service.
Thinking of you,
Laurie Seide-Davidson

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