Otto’s Pub & Brewery donates more than $13,000 to Army Sgt. Adam Hartswick

Otto’s Pub & Brewery made a donation that Army Sgt. Adam Hartswick couldn’t believe.

On Saturday, owner Roger Garthwaite presented a $13,525 check to Hartswick, who was injured last spring while tending to a fellow wounded soldier after an ambush in Afghanistan. Hartswick lost both of his legs when an improvised explosive device exploded near him.

He continues physical therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and often comes home to Pine Grove Mills.

The check came after the restaurant held a fundraiser in Hartswick’s honor during the holidays to help offset some of his medical expenses.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized by your community,” Hartswick said. “The community support has been overwhelming.”

Garthwaite said that 2,705 red, white and blue ribbons were sold at $5 each.

Instead of decorating a Christmas tree at the restaurant with traditional holiday ornaments, it was decorated with ribbons.

“Adam’s a hometown hero,” Garthwaite told the CDT during the fundraiser. “There are thousands of Adams all over the county that are struggling with all sorts of issues.”

Garthwaite said he wasn’t sure if this fundraiser would be an annual event, but he made plans to ring in the new year by helping others.