DIXIE, TX (KLTV) - The Dixie Volunteer Fire Department is banding together to raise support for one of their own in need.
Ruben Garza, 20, is struggling to recover in a Dallas hospital after he was involved in a rollover accident that killed his father. It was supposed to be a fun, shopping trip to Dallas Saturday, but it suddenly became a tragedy that will forever affect the Garza family.
"It was just a freak accident," said Joshua Ramirez, a Dixie volunteer firefighter.
He says Ruben Garza lost control of his pick up truck, possibly because of a blow out. The crash took place along I-20 near Terrell. Ruben's truck flipped several times, severely injuring his mother, wife, himself and killing his father.
"His dad was ejected, his mom was ejected, his wife was ejected and Ruben was pinned underneath the dash," said Ramirez.
Dixie VFD Captain Matt York says Garza was following in his older brother's footsteps becoming a Dixie volunteer firefighter.
"Ruben actually just went through Eastman Fire School a couple weeks ago," said York.
"He loves it," said Ramirez. "It's a passion of his."
But Monday night, Ruben remained in ICU with brain damage. Doctors say he is able to follow commands giving his friends and family hope.
"He's just hanging in there trying to get stronger every day," said York.
"The doctor said he's got a long road," said Ramirez. "It's really a long road."
Garza's wife and mother are also still hospitalized so they will face extensive medical bills plus funeral expenses for Garza's dad. The Dixie fire crew is now turning to the community they serve to give back.
"We run across a lot of tragic situations but when it's one of your own firefighters, you know, it's a brotherhood," said York. "We're all there for one another."
Garza also has a little girl who was involved in the crash but she walked away with only a scratch.
The Dixie fire crew has set up a tragedy account. If you would like to help the family, you can donate at any Southside Bank location under Ruben Garza's name.