Atlanta Firefighter Who Lost Leg in Accident Encourages Drivers to Pay Attention
ATLANTA, GA. – According to an online news report posted at fox6now.com, a firefighter in Atlanta, Georgia, who lost his leg in an accident is encouraging drivers to pay attention while traveling on the roadways. The firefighter was responding to an accident several months ago, when a driver crashed into the accident scene and struck the firefighter.*
In May 2019, a crew of firefighters from the Atlanta Fire Department responded to the site of a rollover crash on Interstate 85, near Cleveland Avenue. As the crew was helping the driver, a Pontiac G-5 traveling on the interstate crashed into one of the firetrucks at the scene and hit one of the firefighters. The firefighter was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he underwent immediate surgery.
The firefighter had to have his left leg amputated following the collision and has undergone other surgeries since. Fox 6 says the driver of the Pontiac was charged with failure to follow the Move-Over Law, driving too fast for conditions, and failure to maintain a lane.
In September, about four months after the crash, the firefighter returned to his fire station for the first time. Fox 6 says a barbecue was held in his honor, where he was presented with a gift of $3,700, raised by the Ronnie Thames Foundation. A GoFundMe account has also been created for the firefighter, which has raised more than $25,000 since the accident. The page says that the firefighter has made a lot of progress but still has a long recovery road ahead.
In the wake of the accident, the firefighter said that he wanted drivers to put down their cell phones and pay attention to the road. All Georgia drivers must follow both the state’s Move-Over Law and the state’s Hands-Free Law.
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