Firefighter Trevor Whittaker, 33, was on his way home on his ATV when he hit a deer that jumped out in front of him. He was hurled several feet into the air as his ATV rolled. He was not wearing a helmet, according to WLKY.
"I know a lot of people don't like wearing helmets…I was one of those people, but after this, I will not get back on a four-wheeler or anything else like that without a helmet," he said.
Doctors were unsure if Firefighter Whittaker would make it through the night. He suffered a broken clavicle and ribs and a serious brain injury. Doctors had to remove part of his skull.
Now, he is recovering at a rate that is surprising doctors, learning how to walk and regain mobility through rehab.
It is Firefighter Whittaker's hope that his story can illustrate for others the importance of wearing a helmet.
He now wears a helmet daily so that he can protect his brain before his next surgery.
Once at home, he will have to undergo day-long outpatient therapy.
Multiple fundraisers are in the works to help him pay for his medical bills.
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Mike BradyThursday, March 28, 2013 6:34:25 PMThe next time you hear a fire - rescue person say: "Yeah, I wear a helmet during ATV training, but not in the real world." Please share this picture of a 33 year old Firefighter who now wears a safety helmet to protect his brain from further injury after his "real world" ATV accident.
Mike BradyThursday, March 28, 2013 6:44:58 PMPlease make sure you click on the video to hear what this survivor now has to say about wearing an ATV helmet. http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-news/1349212-Firefighter-critically-injured-in-ATV-crash-returns-home/