Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cal Fire's Volunteer Firefighter Of The Year - Pat Hinds Tulare County

Cal Fire's Volunteer Firefighter Of The Year

By: Rich Rodriguez
Cal Fire Volunteer Firefighter Pat Hinds got five star delivery service to his award ceremony at the Tulare County Fair.  But he didn't get there by limo or fire truck, Hinds arrived in an ambulance.
Hinds is a veteran volunteer firefighter on the road to recovery.
  Thursday firefighters gathered at the fairgrounds to congratulate Cal Fire's Volunteer Of The Year and one tough fireman.
 Hinds arrived by gurney due to injuries he suffered nearly three months ago in a hit and run accident near Alpaugh in Tulare County.
  He was hit while putting out a car fire.
Hinds told KMPH news, "Out of nowhere this pickup come through and takes out both me and my captain.   I got the worst of it.   It just barely hurt him. I had multiple fractures in both legs.
  I had 18 ribs broke and this right arm broke," he said.
Pat Hinds spent six weeks at the trauma center at CRMC in Fresno.  The past seven weeks he's been at Kaweah Delta's Rehab Hospital in Visalia.  After being away for 13 weeks there were lots of hugs and handshakes and catching up.
Hinds is a 33 year veteran volunteer who isn't ready to hang up his boots.
  "If everything goes all right and I come back I probably won't come back 100 percent there might be some impairments and I might have to work around that stuff and everything but I plan on coming back," he said.
Pat Hinds first goal is to complete his therapy and walk out of the rehab hospital in Visalia.
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