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Minn. firefighters raising funds to help colleague who suffered severe head injury

Minnetonka firefighters are trying to help Tim Tripp, who is in a coma


By Leila Merrill

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Firefighter Tim Tripp was helping to train a new hire by pumping water onto an ice rink earlier this month when he slipped on the ice, fell, and suffered a severe head injury, Fox 9 reported. Now his fellow firefighters are working to help him.

Tripp was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and placed in a medically-induced coma. Doctors have performed multiple injuries to relieve the pressure on his brain.

“I think this week has been a bit of a roller coaster for us here at the fire department. The news at the beginning was absolutely terrible. That one of our own had gone down,” said Minnetonka firefighter Sara Ahlquist.

“That’s something any one of us could do, walking into our work or our home or into our school on any given day,” said Ahlquist.

As Tripp works part-time in the fire department, Minnetonka Fire has launched a fundraising campaign to help Tripp and his family. So far, nearly $70,000 has been raised of the $100,000 goal.