Information Phone Line 296-2406 (Active 9/18)
City of Kettering
Kettering Professional Firefighters Local 2150
Kettering Firefighter John Moore
Kettering firefighter John Moore, who was injured when a tree limb fell on him during Sundays windstorm, was upgraded to fair condition at Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday morning.
Moore, 25, had been at his best friends house in Springboro helping the friend remove a fallen branch that had struck the houses window. The two were clearing debris from an alleyway when the accident occurred.
The two were working as safely as they could, says 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 in the head, injuring his spine.
Doctors repaired a large laceration on his head on Sunday night and performed surgery on Monday night to stabilize his spine.
The surgery went exceptionally well and now we are waiting to see how his body responds, his wife says.
He is such an exceptional young man, says Paula Noble, Moore's aunt. Whenever you see John, he has a big smile on his face. And his heart is as big as his smile.
More than 50 family and friends waited patiently at the hospital during 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 cant wait to get to work, says Kettering Fire Capt. Dave Curry. He's extremely energetic and loves helping others. The job means everything to him.
Moore, who begins 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. You can make a contribution to the fund at any National City Bank location. Just ask for the John Moore Firefighter Fund. The fund will be used to help the family with additional expenses and to make necessary accommodations.
For additional information a hotline will be activated on September 18th @ 296-2406.