UPDATED: Friends React To Firefighter Critically Injured

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

A family and community remain in shock over the news of a volunteer firefighter who was severly injured while helping a woman at the scene of a car accident.

Friends say Timothy King's legs have been amputated and he remains in ICU at Pitt Memorial Hospital.

King is a volunteer firefighter for the Trap station in Colerain, Bertie County. King was about to help a woman whose car flipped and veered off the road after she hit an ice patch Monday when he was hit from behind by another car.

Now many in the community are coming together to support King and his family. Mike harrell, one of King's friends, says "We're all just trying to pull together and do everything we can to come together, go and carry on, and do what we can to help Timothy get through this."

Friends say it will be a long recovery and that any donations people can give towards his hospital bills will be greatly appreciated by his family.

Donations can be made to Timothy King Fund, Trap VFD, 744 Morris Ford Road, Colerain, NC 27924.

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BERTIE COUNTY, NC -- A volunteer firefighter remains hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after a horrible chain of events caused massive trauma to both of his legs.

Bertie County Authorities tell WITN family and friends have gathered at the hospital to support and pray for the recovery of 25-year-old Timothy King.

King, a volunteer for the Trap Fire Department, was responding to an accident in Powellsville Monday morning when a car passing by slid on a patch of ice and crashed into him. A witness tell us both of his legs were severed.

At last report, he was in critical but stable condition.

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A local volunteer firefighter is fighting for his life after getting hit by a car while responding to an accident Monday.

Bertie County authorities say it all started when a car slid into a ditch on Cremo road in Powellsville.

Bertie County roads were slick from Monday's snow.

Trap volunteer firefighter Timothy King was responding to the crash. Officials say he was putting on a protective vest when another car passing by slid on a patch of ice and crashed into him. Highway Patrol says King has massive injuries to his legs. He's listed in critical condition at PCMH.

Officials say charges are pending against the driver who hit King.


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  • by Andrew Brabble Location: Colerain EMT on Mar 8, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    Is it out of the way to suggest that everyone send an email to Extreme Makeover to see if they can help Tim and his family. They are working on a house in Jamesville this week and they sometime have side benefits to help others in a local area with a fund raiser of some kind. Better yet, contact WITN since they are covering that story too. They could have more leverage. Tim, stay strong and our prayers are with you.
  • by concerned Location: center grove on Mar 7, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    my thoughts and prayers go out to the King family. May god be with you and give you the strength you need to overcome this ordeal.
  • by John Location: Ayden on Mar 6, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
  • by G. Location: Bend, Oregon on Mar 5, 2009 at 09:36 PM
    As a firefighter, I have thought long and hard these past couple of days about what I would do if something like this happened to me. Would I lose my house? Would I lose my full-time job? Would my children be able to go to college? There is no national support system in place for injured, volunteer firefighters and EMS people. I am making a nationwide challenge to those who are firefighters or who know firefighters, to, in addition to your thoughts and prayers, stop and take a minute to write a check in any amount to help this family in there most serious time of need, and to help Timothy get the best care possible as he begins his recovery. Thank you all.
  • by wr Location: Plymouth NC on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    You can never say thank you enough to people who volunteer especially ones who put their lives on the line for people they don't even know most times.Please disregard the ignorant remarks of people who are just trying to push your buttons.99.9% of people are praying and hope for a speedy recovery and respect all our vol. fire dept.To the family this is one of those times mentioned in the poem "Footprints In The Sand" where God is carrying you and your faith will get you through. I've personally seen God work miracles in a situation like this and am amazed everyday at how God works.
  • by Trip on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    Enough Already, you need to be taught some respect boy! Or should I say immature boy?
  • by family member Location: nc on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    He's having surgery again on Friday. On Wednesday night they also put in a trach, to take him off the ventilator. He has a lot more procedures to go through.I thank you for all your support and prayers.I ask that you please continue to pray for everyone involved in this.
  • by Dawn Location: Suffolk, Va. on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    Just wanted to give everyone out there an update on T.C. Well as my best friend (his sister) stated last night he was sedated, well they decided last night to slowly bring him out of it and T.C. came to this morning and opened his eyes. He cannot talk at this time because of the tube in his throat but he is able to move his lips. He is improving everyday thanks to your prayers and thoughts. He has a long road ahead but the outcome will get better. Keep up the prayers... Thank you again.
  • by Mid-County VFD Location: Roper, N.C. on Mar 5, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    We at the Mid-County VFD will continue to be in prayer for Tim and his family and all who were involved in this incident. Sometimes when the outlook isn't good we should all try the uplook.God bless all of you.
  • by Guess on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    I realize that somebody got hurt but you have to understand that this kind of thing happens all the time! People need to quit being so offended. Get a grip and enjoy life.
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