A Waddington native serving in the Marine Corps was stabbed in the neck Sunday in California, just days before he was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan.
Cpl. Jonathan C. Woodard, 23, is being treated for a severed carotid artery and neck wounds after he was stabbed early Sunday in El Centro, Calif., his father, Charles W. Woodard, said.
Mr. Woodard said his son and a fellow Marine were walking back to their hotel after attending a fair in the area.
After waiting for over 40 minutes for a taxicab, the two Marines decided to walk back to the hotel, he said. Jon decided to walk ahead and thats when a group of people came out from behind an alley and attacked him.
His fellow Marine came to his aid and was able to break up the fight, but not before Cpl. Woodard suffered multiple stab wounds.
He was taken to a nearby hospital before he was airlifted to the University of California at San Diego Trauma Center. He is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit and is considered in critical but stable condition, his father said.
Cpl. Woodards girlfriend, Sharon Kim of Potsdam, as well as his mother, Sandra L. Ladoceour, and his father, both of Waddington, flew to San Diego shortly afterward to be with him.
The doctors were really surprised that he survived the attack, Mr. Woodard said. He is very strong and he is doing good. Were in with him right now. He is resting. He cant speak. But he is doing the best he can. He can communicate right now with eye blinks.
Cpl. Woodard graduated from Madrid-Waddington Central School in 2008. He joined the Marine Corps in 2009, after briefly attending SUNY Canton.
He is stationed in Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., and was scheduled to redeploy to Afghanistan March 25. He was first deployed to Afghanistan for nine months in 2011.
Mr. Woodards fiancée, Kimberly Brabant, has been updating family and friends on Cpl. Woodards condition on her Facebook page every day, Mr. Woodard said.
His fellow Marines have been right by his side the whole time, Mr. Woodard said. He is a fighter and he is doing the best he can. He is going to be all right. He should come out of this. He is strong.