Here is an update regarding the conditions of the members of the Hall County (GA) FD who were injured when their tower ladder had that catastrophic failure earlier this week. As you know, Will Griffin, TJ Elliott and Stephen Jackson were injured at that fire training detail Tuesday and are recovering at area hospitals.
Was scheduled for surgery yesterday to have rods put in his back– L4 and L5. The hospital has stopped visitors so he can get some rest. NEGMC and Grady have gotten log books so if you go you can sign in. They are asking folks to curtail their visits so these guys can get some rest. Don’t be upset if you can’t see them, but they do want you to sign the log book so they can track who comes and the guys can read that later on after the pain meds are out of their system.
Has about 20 staples in his scalp to close up lacerations; does have a sternum fracture; his fracture in back they do not feel will require surgery will put him in a back brace today and possibly start physical therapy tomorrow; have another scan scheduled today [24 hours after first one] to see if discs are ok and head is still clear.
They have him on steroids-once swelling starts to go down they have called a plastic surgeon in to consult on his face-will require plates and plastic surgery due to several fx’s on the left side of his face. Right Tib was a clean break…no surgery…will be cast and should heal good; does have lot of fluid around right knee; right shoulder was put back in place and is feeling better; has a dislocation in the coccyx and should heal ok; his fracture in his back they do not feel will require surgery either and anticipate bracing his back today.
Naturally the focus remains on their Firefighter’s health and supporting their families. A fund has been set-up at Hall Co Credit Union [
http://www.hallcocu.org] in the name of, Hall County Injured Firefighters Fund. Local citizens have called into to ask how they can help and this is the best way.
This money will go directly to the three families.
Thanks to Chief David Kimbrell for passing this on, and on his behalf, thanks to all who have reached out. Please remember these guys and their families in your prayers.
There are backups in place in Cobb County to handle fire calls now that firefighters can no longer use ladders on three trucks.
Cobb Fire leaders made the decision after a ladder on the same make and model truck in Hall County collapsed and hurt three firefighters.
For the time being, officials have decided to use two trucks and restrict the ladder use and remove one from service all together.
The stations dealing with the changes are Station One in Mableton, Station 4 in Vinings and Station 22 in south Cobb County.
“We elected to use them so that they can respond, they have a pump and a tank so we can pull lines and pump water and get our staffing to the incident,” said Cobb County Fire spokesman Daniel Dupree.
In recent months, Cobb firefighters assisted Marietta firefighters during a massive chemical plant fire.
If something in the coming weeks occurred at Six Flags, Dupree said they would have to call in help.
“We are going to rely on mutual aid from Fulton County, city of Atlanta, Douglas County and city of Smyrna,” he said.
Cobb Fire has five other aerial trucks not affected by the ladder restrictions.