Firefighter injured during storm cleanup recovering

UPDATE: Marrowbone Volunteer Fire Chief Clinard Bubby Adkins reports firefighter Jimmy Belcher is recovering.

“As fire Chief of Marrowbone Fire Department I just want to thank everyone for the prayers and support that has been shown to us and Jimmy Belcher during this hard time. Jimmy is squeezing people’s hand when they are talking to him. He is still on the ventilator but the prayers are working so keep them coming. Some would say he is lucky to be with us but he is blessed to be here God had his hands around him. We love you Jimmy keeping up the fight I know you can and will. I will keep everyone posted as I find out more. Love you all and again thanks from the bottom of our hearts,” Adkins wrote in his latest Facebook post.


ELKHORN CITY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Marrowbone Volunteer firefighter in Pike County is fighting his his life after being hit by a vehicle driven by another volunteer firefighter, while clearing storm damage Sunday night.

Firefighter Jimmy Belcher was injured while clearing a downed tree from a road in the Ferrells Creek area, according to officials.  They say a volunteer firefighter, on his way to another call, accidentally hit Belcher, who was taken to Pikeville Medical Center.

In the post, Marrowbone Chief Clinard Bubby Atkins said, “I’m asking everyone to please pray for one of our members, (he was) same as a son to me. Jimmy Belcher, unit 555, was responding to a call and was moving a tree out of the road and was hit by a vehicle and is in critical condition. Please put him on every prayer line that you can.”

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