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A firefighterfrom Chattanooga Paralyzed in Motorcycle Crash

November 30, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, TN- According to, Shellie Thorne, the Chattanooga Fire Captain who suffered paralyzing injuries in a motorcycle accident, is now out of the hospital and at home. Thorne was riding her motorcycle last July when a driver ran through a stop sign in Sale Creek and struck her. The firefighter was left paralyzed from her waist down.*

Thorne spent months in the Shepard Center in Atlanta where she was undergoing physical therapy. Now that she was released, she is struggling to overcome both physical and financial struggles. 

Thorne has a fundraising page for people to donate to help her with the costs. The firefighter is known in her community as a volunteer and as an animal lover who has taught hundreds of children about fire safety. Her love for teaching people about public safety is something she intends to continue, although now with a slightly new focus. Thorne says that she is going to work on teaching the public about the risks of distracted driving, and about how to safely share the road with motorcycles. 

Thorne says she still tries to make the best of each day and to “cherish it.” 

Motorcyclists are at a heightened risk of being injured or killed in accidents than are people traveling in cars or SUVs. Motorcycles provide little in the way of protection for ridersmaking motorcyclists more vulnerable than people traveling in other types of vehicles. One way for motorcyclists to increase their own safety is to wear brightly colored clothing that is more visible to drivers. Drivers often fail to notice motorcycles because of their smaller size. Of course, motorcyclists should always wear a helmet. 

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