After an accident that occurred during training in a nearby park in Minnesota, a firefighter is currently on life support with a “serious head injury.”
According to Fire Chief John Vance, who was interviewed by the NBC network in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Tim Tripp was at Spring Hill Park in Minnetonka, Minnesota, when he slipped and fell on ice while he was participating in a training exercise.
“It is the phone call that you pray you would never get. Right away, we could tell that it was a problem “Vance also stated.
He stated that he was made aware of Tripp’s injury on the morning of Saturday.
“It was an ordinary training session. This is something that he has actually completed a thousand times in the past.
He had just been walking on some ice when he experienced a nasty slip and tumble “Vance revealed the information to the news station, saying that Tripp is currently being kept alive by artificial means.
“He is currently being kept alive by a machine that provides him with assistance until his brain recovers.
At least four operations have been required to relieve the strain that is being exerted on his head “Vance continued. “He has a long road ahead of him in terms of his recuperation,” said the doctor.
Vance said to the publication that the physicians claimed that Tripp, a veteran who has served for 14 years, has been placed in a coma that has been medically induced to aid with his recuperation.
They do not know what his condition will be like after he has regained consciousness.
“He is the kind of person that you will be glad you got to know. He is revered by his fellow firefighters. He assists in serving as a mentor and trainer for firemen “explained Vance.
The tragedy took place on Saturday, December 3 “while on duty as a part-time firefighter with the city of Minnetonka,” according to a statement made by Tripp’s family and Minnetonka Fire in a GoFundMe campaign.
According to the campaign, which has raised roughly $70,000 of its target of $100,000, he is “battling a major brain injury” at Hennepin County Medical Center and is currently in the intensive care unit (ICU).
“Even though Tim is in good health and has a lot of strength, his recuperation will take some time; we don’t have many answers on the outcome, but there is a long road ahead.”
According to the GoFundMe page, Tripp is a business owner in the construction industry and will not be able to go back to work “for a considerable amount of time.”
His family and the fire department have high hopes that the campaign will bring in enough money to cover his day-to-day and medical costs.
In a heartfelt message, Tripp’s sons stated that their father is “each one of our heroes” and that there is no possible way to ever be ready for anything like this to occur.
They carried on in some respects, “He is without a doubt the most selfless person we will ever meet, and those who are closest to him will be able to empathize.
In every conceivable way, he has left his mark on a significant number of people throughout the community.”
Sheila Veien, his fiancee, also offered some heartfelt comments, mentioning that she first met Tripp a little more than five years ago.
“He is a charming individual with a generous spirit. This accident is upsetting to all of us, and it is terribly painful to watch him suffer through this while he is going through it.
But one thing I am certain of is that Tim will emerge from this situation as a great hero because he is a fighter and the king of the fight.
Every prayer and kind thought that is sent toward him is heard. God is holding him in the palms of his hands “She scribbled some of the paper.
According to GoFundMe, Tripp celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday, and Captain Kevin Hruby congratulated him on that occasion. Hruby told CBS News, “Tripp is a true American hero.”
“Tim is the kind of guy who makes instant friends with everyone he meets. When he enters a room, everyone immediately feels more at ease. He has a way of making people laugh, and his smile spans from ear to ear.”
“Tim is an outstanding member of the fire department. Even if he has a lot of experience, something like this could still happen to anyone, and unfortunately, it happened to him “Hruby stated.
On Twitter, where they shared the link to the GoFundMe page, the Minnetonka Fire Department wrote, “During the course of one of our training exercises, one of our firemen sustained a serious head injury while on duty.
His family and the #Minnetonka Fire Department have collaborated to establish a fund in order to assist with the payment of bills that are not covered by insurance and to free up their attention so they can concentrate on his rehabilitation. Think about making a donation.”