08/17/11 135 W, 1 I - + 2 - 5 Wilmington Firefighters Help One of Their Own After Fall Leaves Him Paralyzed

From a reader, here's a WECT story about Wilmington firefighters who have busy outfitting the home of fellow firefighter Eric Lacewell. He recently fell while on duty, and sustained injuries that have left him paralyzed from the shoulder down. He underwent spinal surgery at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, has been to Atlanta to learn to use a quad chair, and is presently at a facility in Raleigh, where he's continuing his adjustment and preparations to return home. Lacewell lives in Columbus County, SC. His fellow firefighters have been building a wheelchair ramp at his residence, with lumber donated from 84 Lumber in Wilmington. They're also planning a celebration to welcome him back, when he returns home. Read the entire story.

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Anyone know were in Raleigh he is located? Maybe some of us could vist if he wanted some company.
Rob Mitchell - 08/18/11 - 20:09

I’ll check and get back to you. He was in Atlanta for some time and the firefighters of the AFD checked on him regularly too. We certainly appreciate it. Eric is one of those guys that is always positive and very uplifting in any circumstance. I did here earlier today that he was coming home a lot sooner then anticipated. So I’ll get info asap.
Ryan - 08/18/11 - 21:00

Just got word that Eric will be coming home on the 25th.
Ryan - 08/18/11 - 22:30

...Blueridge by Crabtree.
Ryan - 08/18/11 - 23:05

E16 stopped by his room Friday afternoon just to check in and let him know we are there for him if he needs us. I felt bad when he told us he had been there since mid June and we were just now making our first appearance a week before he departs but what can we do when we just learned of him being there? Oh, well. If anyone reading knows him personally please tell him we were serious when we told him not to hesitate to call #16 if he needs anything. A-platoon was informed at shift change and they agreed they’d do anything they could to help as well. C-platoon will be informed in the morning.
B.Winn - 08/21/11 - 12:04

Here’s a picture from Saturday, when A-shift firefighters and others paid a visit:

Legeros - 08/22/11 - 21:51

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