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Song Remembering Fallen Lawton Soldier is CMA Song of the Year

Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck" was inspired by the story of PFC Jared Monti, who trained at Fort Sill.
A song about a fallen Lawton soldier is dubbed song of the year by the Country Music Association.

Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck" won the honor at last night's CMA Awards.

The song is about Paul Monti, father of SFC Jared Monti, who trained at Fort Sill.

He was killed in Afghanistan in 2006 when his 16-man patrol was attacked by about 50 enemy fighters.

Sergeant Monti ran through intense fire three times to try to save an injured comrade.

Now, Sergeant Monti's dad drives his son's truck as a way of feeling close to him though he's no longer here.

We spoke with him in 2011 at a facility dedication named in Sergeant Monti's honor at Fort Sill.

"Most people do not understand that kind of pain," Monti says. "You lose a parent, you've lost your past. You lose a child, you've lost your future. So every day, which is your future, there's something missing. Every day. It's an exploded heart, not a broken one. It's something you can't repair, ever."

PFC Brian Bradbury, the man Sergeant Monti tried to save, survived the fight that day and was being transported in a helicopter, but the cable broke.

Bradbury and a medic both dropped 30 feet and were killed.

Sergeant Monti receive the medal of honor for his heroism.
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