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MOSES LAKE - A GoFundMe page has been started to raise funds for a Moses Lake firefighter injured in a freak accident while working in his shop in April.

Schrade Rouse, a local firefighter of almost 20 years with the City of Moses Lake, sustained serious injuries on April 2 while assembling an old ATV tire. The old split rim came apart and the air pressure launched part of the rim into his face, according to the fundraising page, which can be found here: https://gf.me/u/yhhi9c

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“He sustained massive traumatic injuries shattering both bones in his right forearm, breaking ribs, crushing his lower jaw, upper jaw and breaking several more bones in his face and skull including a traumatic brain injury and brain bleed,” stated his brother, who started the GoFundMe page.

Rouse woke up on the concrete floor and was able to check on himself before dragging himself inside to get help. Rouse was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent multiple surgeries.

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“He had an emergency tracheostomy cut into his throat and lived on a ventilator for the first few days after his accident,” Rouse’s brother stated. “He also had a feeding tube in his nose for close to a month.”

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Rouse was not allowed to have visitors in the hospital.

Rouse continues to heal and currently has daily treatments in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to restore blood flow in his mouth. He still needs bone grafts, tissue transplants, implants and teeth.

“My brother is a proud and patriotic person who is more accustomed to providing the help when others need it, as opposed to asking for help for himself,” his brother stated. 

While Rouse does have medical insurance, just dental costs are expected to exceed $80,000. The GoFundMe page has been create to help cover any ongoing medical expenses. In just one day, more than $10,000 has already been raised.

Donations can also be made by sending funds to the Moses Lake Fire Department at Moses Lake Firefighters Local 1258, P.O. Box 1131, Moses Lake, WA 98837.

(8) comments

MechanicMan

This exact same thing happened to our son when he was 13,working in his Dad's shop, and the other "adult" didn't use the chain downs, which were there for safety.The impact broke his jaw,some of his teeth, and he suffered with pain for the rest of his life.About the same time our son was injured, I'd read of a man and his son both being killed in the exact type accident.Sad, and I hope this young man recovers fully.

Sagacious Lu

Ouch. Here's hoping for the best recovery.

Getrealman

Pay that man his money!

opinionscrossroad

Wow that just stinks for luck.. hopefully he can meet his goals and recovery is swift.. What a heartbreaker..

@the real JohnQPublic

What would really help would be to know the details of the accident so that we can learn from it and not have it happen to anyone else.

Cheburashka

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2exMOT0-9M Trying to seat a tire on a split rim.

@the real JohnQPublic

Makes sense. I thought ATV tires ran at much lower pressure than say, a truck tire. Which brings me back to wanting to know as much specific detail as I can about his particular accident.

darling

Bless you Sir.

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