Ala. fire chief: Burned firefighter is ‘making excellent progress’

Opelika Fire Chief Byron Prather said Captain David Davis, who was severely burned in a training accident, is recovering quicker than expected

By FireRescue1 Staff

OPELIKA, Ala. — A firefighter who was severely burned during a training session is recovering quicker than expected.

WRBL reported that Opelika Fire Captain David Davis was training on March 15 when he suffered second-degree burns on 30 percent of his body.

Chief Byron Prather said Davis is recovering well, and credited his strong will to recover to his desire to overcome challenges.

"Captain Davis came out of surgery doing well; his spirits are high,” Prather said. “He has a good positive attitude, and from what I can see, he is making excellent progress. His progress is greater than what they had expected at this time.”

Prather said an investigation is underway by the State Fire Marshal, and the findings will be studied by his department and released to the public.

"We owe it to the firefighters who were injured as well as the other firefighters to have a complete and thorough investigation to ensure this incident does not happen again,” Prather said. “We are family, and we will get through it as a family, and it will make us better from this situation.”

Firefighter Henry Williford suffered smoke inhalation in the same incident. He was treated and is now back at work. 

A GoFundMe was set up to help Davis’ family with hospital bills. Click here to donate.


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Posted by Greg Loyd - Wrbl on Wednesday, March 21, 2018


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