Injured Colo. firefighter’s colleagues start GoFundMe

A fundraising page for an injured firefighter turns into a community effort


By FireRescue1 Staff

VAIL, Colo. — An injured firefighter’s colleagues started a fundraising page to cover his medical costs.

Vail Daily reported that members of Vail Fire & Emergency Services started a GoFundMe page after a fellow firefighter was injured while off-duty.

Lt. Scott Bridges was stuck by a vehicle when he left his car to assist the drivers of a two-car accident that eventually became a six-car pileup. (Photo/Vail Fire & Emergency Services)
Lt. Scott Bridges was stuck by a vehicle when he left his car to assist the drivers of a two-car accident that eventually became a six-car pileup. (Photo/Vail Fire & Emergency Services)

Lt. Scott Bridges was stuck by a vehicle when he left his car to assist the drivers of a two-car accident that eventually became a six-car pileup. Bridges sustained facial and head injuries and was rushed to the hospital.

As of Wednesday, the GoFundMe set up by Bridge’s colleagues had raised more than $28,000, surpassing the original $25,000 goal.

“This is the only way we know how to help,” firefighter Josh Eaton said.

As a way to encourage participation, local firm Continental Earthworks donated a chainsaw valued at $1,000 as a drawing prize for those who donate $100 or more. Another Vail establishment, Yeti’s Grind, is planning to host a fundraising event.

“There’s a silver lining in this in seeing everybody coming together,” Eaton said.

To donate to Bridge’s medical expenses, click here for the GoFundMe page.

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