12/29/10 142 W, 1 I - + 10 - 11 Gaston County Firefighter Critically Injured Responding to Call

Firefighter Close Calls reports that Firefighter Clay Thornburg, 17, of the Hugh's Pond Fire Department in Gaston County was injured last night while responding in his personal vehicle to a structure fire. His pickup truck ran off the road on Hephzibah Church Road at 10:37 p.m. The truck struck a culvert and flipped five times. He was found and extricated by members of his department, and transported to Cleveland Regional Medical Center, and airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He is reportedly in a coma and with critical injuries. Updates on his condition can be found at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/claythornburg. Thoughts and prayers can also be posted to that site. The Gaston Gazette has also posted a story, though absent the fire department connection.

Thanks for the heads up on this Mike. It is sometimes tough to catch everything that happens state wide. Thoughts & Prayers are sent this young kids way.
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 12/30/10 - 00:09

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