EMT Paralyzed after Tree Falls on Him
CAMDEN, Tenn. - If you have called 911 in Benton County in the last 30 years and an ambulance responded, Danny Hooten was probably the man who came to your rescue. Friday evening that all changed, when he became the one who needed saving.
"When something like this happens to someone who has given their entire life, dedicated to saving and touching the lives of other people. We are all just so proud," his daughter Erica Moore said.
Friday while mowing his lawn a 60 foot tree fell on top of Hooten, crushing his spinal chord and ending his 33-year-long career as a paramedic. His family says while his body needs mending, his spirit does not.
"He's comforting us. We're the ones who need consoling and he's being his usual self and making us feel better," Moore said.
Hooten has worked along side his EMS partner of four years, Brad Dickson. Dickson said while he wished the tragedy never happened he was just thankful it did not take his friends life.
"We are all just so thankful that he's still here with us. At work we are going to miss him day to day, but at least EMS we still have him," he said.
His friends and neighbors in Camden have already started raising money to make renovations to Hooten's home and help pay his soaring medical bills at Vanderbilt. Erica Moore said her family is touched by the outpouring of support.
"I just wanna thank everyone. We are incredibly thankful. Anyone and everyone who has shown support or said a prayer on behalf of Danny Hooten, we thank you, because he is as incredible as everyone said he is," she said.
Now those who Hooten has saved and others just grateful for his service say it is his turn to be saved.
"God blessed him. He could have taken his life but instead he only took his legs. It's going to be an obstacle but Danny will over come it," Dickson said.
Currently his daughter Erica says Danny is not walking but was sitting up for the first time Monday.
"He's not walking, but through this entire thing we know miracles happen and If anybody is going to walk again it's him," she said.
Danny Hooten is expected to begin physical therapy very soon. Camden residents held a meeting today to organize a fundraiser to raise money to help make Hooten's home wheelchair-friendly, and help pay for medical bills.
For more information on how you can help the Hooten's, email HelpDannyHooten@gmail.com. An account has also been set up at the Bank of Camden under Danny Hooten for anyone wanting to donate.