March 25 2019

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Howe Springs firefighter, chaplain hurt in ‘tragic' job site accident

A longtime member of the Howe Springs Fire Rescue was injured while working at one of his job sites. Wayne Lawhon is the owner and operator of a small family tree service and was involved in a "tragic accident while on a job site," according to a GoFundMe page set up for Lawhon and his family. A tree struck Lawhon in the head and caused serious injury to his neck and spine which has left him incoherent and with paralysis in his arms and legs, the GoFundMe page states. It also says he was taken in for surgery to repair the extensive damage to his spine and he has been able to regain some use of his arms and legs. But he will require more surgeries and months of intensive rehab to regain mobility. Lawhon is a chaplain for Howe Springs Fire Rescue and has been a firefighter for more than four decades.  



Update: Midway Fire Rescue firefighter succumbs to injuries sustained in motorcycle crash

It was with a heavy heart on Friday that the Midway Fire Rescue announced that they had lost a member of their team. Daniel Roy died from injuries that he sustained in a motorcycle crash Sunday on Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach, according to a post by Midway Fire Rescue. Roy had sustained trauma with multiple skull fractures and other injuries, according to a GoFundMe page set up for him. Midway Fire Rescue Chief Doug Eggiman released this statement: It is with extreme sadness that Midway Fire Rescue informs you that Firefighter/EMT Daniel Roy passed away this afternoon as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash on March 16, 2019. We ask you to continue to keep the members of the Roy Family, and the members of Midway Fire Rescue in your thoughts and prayers.  


Sumter school bus crash 2nd time property gets hit by vehicle

PHOTO: Dano Winchester was working on a contracted remodeling project in a home that had been damaged by a car crashing into it on McCrays Mill Road when he heard what sounded like an explosion, then kids screaming. A Sumter school bus carrying five elementary school students had just crashed through the house next door and took out the shed on the property on which he was working Friday afternoon. "I knew what had happened once I heard it," Winchester said. He ran out, the bus' horn blaring, and helped pry the door open for the bus driver to hand the kids out to him. No major injuries were reported, and exactly what caused the bus driver to go off the road is not yet clear. Winchester said he saw a couple bloody lips from where the kids had hit the seats in front of them. It could have been much worse.  


Collection trailer used to raise money for Anderson County Burned Children's Association stolen

VIDEO: The Townville Fire Department says someone stole a trailer used to raise money for the Anderson County Burned Children's Association. The fire chief said the trailer was full of cans when it was taken and is valued at $3,700. The money raised by the collection trailer goes to assist burned children to help offset medical costs. The chief said the donation drive has been taking place for 25 years. The Fire Department said the trailer (pictured above) is red with the number 17 on the side. Anyone who can help locate the trailer is asked to contact the Townville Fire Department.  


Firefighters pull 3 dogs from burning Sumter house

Three dogs were stuck inside a house as a fire broke and its residents were out of town. Sumter fire crews arrived on scene to find smoke and flames coming from the home on Ann Park Street Friday evening. They quickly extinguished the fire, and after heading inside, were able to pull three dogs from the house. However, the dogs needed to be revived, so fire, police and EMS took action. They massaged the dogs chests and used a pet oxygen mask, which is specifically designed to fit a dog's snout. The crews' efforts were rewarded when all three dogs made a full recovery and given back to their owner.  


Awendaw-McClellanville firefighters respond to structure fire involving truck, boat

VIDEO: Crews with the Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District responded Monday morning to a fire off Highway 17. The fire involved a shed, a pickup truck and a boat, according to the fire district's Twitter account. As of shortly before 10 a.m., firefighters said the bulk of the fire was out. No one was home at the time of the fire, fire officials say. No injures were reported.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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