Joe Rudd recovering from gunshot with help from family

A Herndon man is recovering after being shot in the face last month at a truck stop in Ohio.

Thirty-nine year old Joe Rudd was on his way home July 27 from visiting his parents in Iowa when a pair of teenagers shot him in the face, then stood over him and demanded his keys and wallet. With the bullet lodged in his jaw, Rudd threw his keys as far away as he could.

The two teens, 18-year-old Nathaniel Brunner and 17-year-old Devonere Simmonds, were discovered later that night sleeping in Rudd’s car and arrested.

Doctors have since reconstructed Rudd’s jaw, rebuilding it with a piece of his rib. Rudd’s new jaw is still wired shut and a breathing tube remains in place, so his mother has been speaking on his behalf.

"Everybody all over the US has offered prayers, sent cards, donations,” Rudd’s mother Patricia Rudd said. “Just unbelievable that two people could cause so much grief."

The single father of a 7-year-old boy said he plans to return to his job as a laser engineer as quickly as possible. As he recovers, Joe’s colleagues have offered to help pitch in for his medical expenses.

"We know there is going to be an expensive road ahead,” Joe’s co-worker Tammy Caudle said. “So we're trying to alleviate some of that for him."

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