Injured Macon-Bibb firefighter returns home after being struck by vehicle
There used to be a time many didn’t know if Eric John would be able to smile like this anymore.
“I feel good. I feel good right now. It’s really come a long way,” John said.
The longtime firefighter can stand up, move around, and keep his balance — something he wasn’t able to do just a few months ago.
“You never miss those little things you value, until you actually get them taken away from you and get them back,” John said.
Eric bounced around several hospitals and rehab facilities all over the state for nearly a year and a half after a day he’ll never forget in 2013.
Almost two years ago, traffic was backed up for miles along I-75 South as John and other firefighters were working a car accident. He had no idea he’s be the one to get into an accident himself.
“Handled the accident as was walking back to the truck to leave and was struck by the vehicle,” John said.
A driver hit Eric, flipping him feet in the air, leaving him with multiple injuries including several broken bones and even worse.
“Staph infection they had to treat, the operations they had to go back and forth. With the rehab, rehab has made things better,” John said.
He says the outpouring of love and support he’s received from fire and police departments around the country has been overwhelming.
“I never knew that it went the extent that it did, until this happened to me,” John said.
It’s been a journey that has changed his perspective and made him appreciate life so much more.
“The things that I value. The things that I didn’t value. It made me value the things that are important,” John said.
Eric is still a Macon-Bibb firefighter. He says in all likelihood he won’t put out fires anymore, but he’ll teach and train new crew members.
The driver who hit Eric was sentenced to a year probation and ordered to pay a fine and take a defensive driving course.