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COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Community rallies as Garston firefighter suffers devastating spinal injury

 Published on: 4th September 2023   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

More than £25,000 has been raised to help a Garston firefighter who suffered serious injuries after being hit by a van.

Liam Coffill, 25, was cycling to work at Garston Fire Station on the morning of August 18 when he was hit by a van on the intersection between the A41 and A405.

He was airlifted to St Mary’s Hospital in London, where he underwent a six-hour operation to pin two broken vertebrae. After subsequent MRI scans and CT scans, Liam was told that his spinal cord was broken and his injuries may affect him for the rest of his life.

The driver of the van was arrested and has been released on bail.

Friends and family launched a GoFundMe page to support Liam in his physical and mental recovery. Within 24 hours, more than £10,000 had been raised. After two days, the figure surpassed £20,000.

At the time of writing, the fundraiser had reached more than £25,700.

Liam’s friend and fellow firefighter Robert said: “His chaotic energy and youthful enthusiasm has cemented him as a key member of the watch, channelling this energy into making himself an extremely competent and reliable firefighter, whilst making many friends.”

Liam, a member of the Watford Velo cycling group, has completed a 175-mile charity ride around every Hertfordshire fire station, as well as an Ironman marathon.

Robert added: “The money we are raising will go towards physical rehab, psychological support, and an adapted and accessible house.

“The journey that Liam will be taking will throw up both challenges and rewards, as he transitions from his active life as a firefighter, runner, cyclist and Ironman to whatever the future now holds.

“Liam’s stubborn determination and supreme fitness will undoubtedly drive him to embrace the new opportunities that will open up to him.”

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