CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Members of every fire department in Campbell County helped bring one of their own home from the hospital on Tuesday following a weekend ATV crash.
Virginia State Police say 33-year-old Chief W.T. Hall and 34-year-old Firefighter Derrick Johnson of the Evington Volunteer Fire Department were riding an ATV along the 1500 block of Halseys Bridge Road at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Saturday when the operator lost control, the ATV overturned, and both men were thrown from their seats and seriously injured. The two men were airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit.
On Tuesday, May 19, Evington Volunteer Fire Department posted a video of both Evington firefighters and all other Campbell County fire departments escorting Hall back from the hospital.
“We ask that you continue your thoughts and prayers for Firefighter Derrick Johnson as he is still recovering in the hospital, as well as Chief Hall recovering at home,” the department wrote.
In addition to the outpouring of social media support from fire departments and community members across southwest Virginia, Evington Volunteer Fire Department even received care packages from Lyn Dan Heights Volunteer Fire Department for its members and the families of the injured firefighters.
Furthermore, Evington Volunteer Fire Department joined with the Birds of a Feather Foundation to raise funds for both Hall and Johnson’s recoveries.
According to the description for the Facebook fundraiser description, Birds of a Feather agreed to match the first $500 donated and set a goal of $20,000 to cover travel expenses, meals, or other financial needs resulting from the ATV crash.
As of 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 — less than 24 hours after the fundraiser was organized — 159 people have donated to the fundraiser, raising a total of $7,995 for Hall and Johnson.
Meanwhile, the investigation into who was operating the ATV and the exact circumstances of Saturday’s crash is still ongoing. According to Virginia State Police’s statement on Sunday, May 17, charges are pending.
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