KETTERING, Ohio --
Kettering firefighter John Moore, who was injured when a tree limb fell on him during Sunday's windstorm, was upgraded to fair condition Wednesday at Miami Valley Hospital.
Moore, 25, had been at his best friend's house in Springboro helping the friend remove a fallen branch that had struck a window of his home. The two were clearing debris from an alleyway when the accident happened.
"The two were working as safely as they could," said Moore's wife, Meredyth. "A branch was stuck in the tree with the trunk on the ground. When John tried to pull on the branch to clear it from the tree, the top half of the branch snapped. John tried to outrun the falling limb but it caught him, hitting him on the head and injuring his spine."
Doctors repaired a large laceration on his head Sunday night and performed surgery Monday night to stabilize his spine. "The surgery went exceptionally well and now we are waiting to see how his body responds," his wife said.
More than 50 family and friends waited patiently at the hospital during John's surgery.
Although only on the Kettering Fire Department for 11 months, Moore's enthusiasm for his career has made him popular with other firefighters.
"John can't wait to get to work," said Kettering Fire Capt. Dave Curry. "He's extremely energetic and loves helping others. The job means everything to him."
Moore, who began rehabilitation Wednesday morning, is upbeat about his recovery.
Just before surgery, Moore told his wife, "Babe, you, me and God are walking out of here together."
A fund is being established at National City Bank in John and Meredyth Moore's name. The fund will be used to help the family with additional expenses.
For additional information, a hotline will be activated on September 18th @ 296.2406.
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