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Los Altos vet wins gold at Pan American Games

Spc. Steven Evans of Los Altos Hills won a gold medal in the Men’s ParaCanoe event in the para-athlete division of the Pan American Games, held recently in Mexico.

Evans, a combat medic in the U.S. Army, was severely wounded in Iraq in October 2009 when an explosive hit his armored truck. He suffered a broken skull, jaw, leg and eye socket; severe burns and lacerations; a traumatic brain injury; and the loss of 5 inches of his left tibia. Evans underwent months of reconstructive surgery, including regrowing his tibia and multiple skin grafts. He won a Purple Heart for his service.

Evans, a Los Altos High School alumnus, credits his girlfriend, Maggie Drew, a fellow Los Altos High graduate, for helping during his long rehabilitation.

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