FULTONDALE—The City of Fultondale gathered at a home in the Chapel Hills neighborhood to welcome its new resident, Army Sergeant First Class Robert Cureton.
The Cureton family comes to Fultondale as part of an organization called Building Homes for Heroes.
According to information provided by the organization, Cureton joined the military in 1999 in Arkansas because he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his Vietnam-veteran grandfather.
Cureton served his country in Iraq until his vehicle drove over an explosive device. Although he survived, the injuries left him with chronic spine and neck damage as well as PTSD and a traumatic brain injury.
Cureton was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and many others for his service.
Cureton and his wife, Evaloni and their four children wanted to live in Fultondale so the Building Homes for Heroes organization helped find a home for them in the area.
City officials and neighbors turned out to meet the family and welcome them to the city. The home was a surprise for the family of six.