New London VFD requests prayers for recovering firefighters injured in wreck

New London VFD requests prayers for recovering firefighters injured in wreck
Source: KLTV staff

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The New London Volunteer Fire Department shared a thank you this morning for the overwhelming support they've received after three of their brothers were injured.

The fire truck the three men were traveling in on Feb. 28 was involved in a rollover wreck.

The wreck occurred on FM 850 between Texas 42 and FM 2012 while the New London Volunteer Fire Department was headed to a grass fire in a water-tender vehicle, according to the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management.

The firefighters had to be extricated from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life.T

This morning the Rusk County Firefighters Association shared the New London VFD's request for continued prayers and support.

From the New London VFD:?

The New London VFD would like to thank everyone in all departments for the support and prayers that have come our way following the accident on FM850 on Wednesday night.  The outpouring of support has been greatly appreciated.  This is the first time in our department that we have had an accident of this magnitude and have had to face extricating 3 of our own members from an accident.  

We would like to personally thank the Overton Fire Dept., Crims Chapel Fire Dept.,Kilgore Fire Dept, Kilgore Rescue Unit, Sabine Fire and Rescue, Champion EMS, New London PD, Overton PD, the Rusk County Sheriffs Office,the Rusk County OEM, Rusk County ESD, DPS,  as well as the dispatchers and all other personnel that responded to the fire and the accident scene.  The response from everyone was immediate and all the resources we needed were provided.  

Two of our firefighters (Mark Norwood and Larry Bathke)  have been released from the hospital and are recovering at home.  They are very beat up and banged up but should be able to make a full recovery.  The third (M.V. Hudson) is still currently in the hospital in ICU.  Along with bumps and bruises, some skin and tissue damage to his arm he has multiple broken ribs.  The concern is him getting pneumonia.  We ask that you keep all 3 of them, their families and the whole department in your prayers.  Mr. Hudson is in Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview.  

Again, thank you for 
all the support and prayers!

New London VFD

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