Hear from the Metro Detroit first responder who is still recovering from COVID a year later
He returned to the hospital to get married outside the intensive care unit at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Garcia was one of the first people in Metro Detroit to contract COVID-19. He said he struggles when he sees and hears of people who still choose to deny the seriousness of coronavirus. We don’t have anything else.”Still, a year later, he’s incredibly hopeful. He is hopeful that one day he will return to saving lives, instead of continuing to fight for his own.
Longtime Ann Arbor firefighter passes away after battling cancer
ANN ARBOR – Retired training officer with the Ann Arbor Fire Department, Craig Sidelinger, passed away on Monday morning after a nearly two-year battle with colon cancer. Sidelinger joined AAFD as a firefighter in 2000. He held the position for 10 years before advancing to training officer -- a role he also held for 10 years. According to AAFD, Sidelinger was the longest-serving training officer in the department. “He also helped teach public outreach such as Safety Town, Ann Arbor Ready, and the City Citizen’s Academy.
MSP trooper, Good Samaritans pull father, son from fiery crash on Ann Arbor Road
Good Samaritans pulled a man and child from the SUV before it became engulfed in flames Tuesday. Michigan State Police trooper Dan Drewyor was on his way to the MSP Brighton Post Tuesday morning when he saw the jack-knifed semi on Ann Arbor Road. “It was very fortunate things happened the way they did with an as good of an outcome. Thanks to multiple good Samaritans who stepped up to help with the rescue, the trooper and along with several bystanders were able to get everyone out the burning vehicle. “A lot of thanks need to go out to the gentleman that helped me,” Drewyor said.
Trooper, good Samaritan rescue father and son from crash in Plymouth Township
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A first responder and a good Samaritan jumped into action after an SUV and a semi lost control and crashed in Plymouth Township. As of 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth Township was still blocked off. The Plymouth Township Fire Chief said the overpass was covered in ice, which is what caused the crash. The victims, a father and son, were transported to an area hospital. The father and son were rescued by a Michigan State Police trooper and a man who was passing by.
First responder who caught COVID-19 still fighting illness 3 months later
Avery Garcia said he caught coronavirus in the back on an ambulance as he worked to rescue other COVID-19 patients. Garcia is now on the mend, but he said the only way to save people now is through his powerful testimony. He spent two months in the hospital at the beginning of the pandemic with 35 days unconscious on a ventilator. After three months, he is still fighting the ravages of COVID-19. As the numbers are going up in the state, he said it’s important for people to take the pandemic seriously.
Michigan DNR officer rescues elderly woman from burning home in Spring Lake
SPRING LAKE, Mich. A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conversation officer rescued an elderly woman from a burning mobile home Wednesday evening in Spring Lake. According to a press release from the DNR, officer Robert Slick, who was off-duty at the time, was jogging at about 5:30 p.m. when he spotted smoke from a distance. The department is proud of Officer Slick and the gentleman who assisted him, said Gary Hagler, chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Division. A conservation officer is never truly off-duty and is trained to respond to situations like this.DNR officials said Slick stayed with the woman until medical personnel arrived and evaluated her. Slick has been with the DNR Law Enforcement Division since 2015 and patrols in Ottawa County.
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Detroit police seek thieves who targeted first responder, Army vet
The victims were talking to each other on the phone at the time when the thieves targeted their vehicle parked on Grayfield Street, near Telegraph Road and I-96. The theft happened June 27 at about 7:30 a.m. Surveillance video from the scene shows the thieves were prepared and knew what the were doing. Richardson-Littleton had just finished her shift at Childrens Hospital of Michigan and was speaking to her husband as she drove home. Its very unnecessary, scary and unnecessary, Richardson-Littleton said. Everybody needs a good mechanic.Anyone with information is urged to call the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-2200.