Local firefighters in West Carrollton and Lebanon are banding together for one of their own this weekend.
Back in February, two medics and their patients were in transport to the hospital when they were hit head on. Everyone is ok, but one medic-firefighter is unable to work because of his injuries.
“It happened so quickly. There was really nothing you could do,” said Jesse McPherson.
McPherson was treating a patient in the back of a Lebanon ambulance when it flipped on it’s side.
Emily Reynolds was in the drivers seat when the ambulance was hit on February 9.
“We are on our side. Where do we go from here?” said Reynolds as she recalls the moments following the crash.
The driver was cited for swerving. McPherson sustained cervical fracture, a nasal fracture and severe gash to his head.
Reynolds fractured her ankle and has just returned to work.
“It was a preventable accident,” said Reynolds.
“All accidents are usually preventable,” added McPherson.
They say most of their work-related accidents come down to people being on their cellphones. Both firefighter-medics say sometimes they feel like an “inconvenience” to drivers.
McPherson is a part-time employee of both Lebanon and West Carrollton Fire Departments.
He’s still out of work, and without full benefits.
“We’ve got bills. Me and my wife are trying to start a family together.”
There’s a chance McPherson will never return to the work he’s being doing for the last 12 years..
That’s one reason why the West Carrollton Fire Association is holding a benefit this Saturday.
“It’s kind of depressing after a while. It’s good to have people. It’s good to see all of your friends there to support you. It helps your healing process mentally.”
The benefit is from 5-10:00pm at the Eagles Lodge in Lebanon.
The address is 209 West Main Street, Lebanon, OH 45036.
There will be music, prizes, a wing eating contest and more!
The even is open to the public and the money will go to McPherson and his family.
If you have questions or would like to donate, contact WCFireAssociation@gmail.com