Local man defies odds overcoming death and brain damage to “fulfill his purpose”

David Bruner

David Bruner with his mother.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 05:47 PM.

CARYVILLE — “By all logic I should’ve died,” said David Bruner. “There are several times that I should have died, each time worse then the last. I remember asking my mother why I didn’t die and she said that God wasn’t done with me yet.”

Bruner was born in 1952 at Lakeside Hospital in DeFuniak Springs, where he lived until the tenth grade when he moved to Caryville. He then graduated from high school in 1970 and then moved to Washington D.C. to train to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

He said it was only a few weeks after he graduated and was preparing to go work for the FBI when he was in a motorcycle accident that almost cost him his leg and cost him his dreams with the FBI.

“I almost lost my leg,” said Bruner. “It was crushed and barely hanging on by a tendon. It took 12 surgeries and three years before I finally recovered from that accident; it was then I realized it was time to leave D.C.”

In 1981 he began his work as a parole officer in Pensacola and it was 15 years later when his world was turned upside down.

“It just goes to show that you never know when your time’s up and tragedy will strike,” said Bruner. “It was 1996 and I just came back from the Bahamas and was living at my residence in Blue Pond not far from here. I was on my way to get ice cream salt when I was in an accident where my car hit a pine tree and I woke up in the hospital after being in a coma for three months.”

He said when he woke he was completely paralyzed.

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