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Benefit ride held for Summersville firefighter injured on the job

Local - 5/17/2014 8:59 PM by Karen Franklin
Motorcycle riders from throughout the region are supporting a Nicholas County firefighter who continues to recover from burn injuries sustained on the job.

Dozens of motorcycle riders braved the elements and hit the road Saturday in support of Summersville Assistant Chief Jared Cruse. Cruse was injured fighting a fire May 5 at a home on the 300 block of McMillion Avenue. 

Cruse received burns to his upper body, and another firefighter suffered minor injuries while coming to his aid. 
The father of two was released from the hospital May 10, but is back in again after complications. 

Riders who participated want to thank the entire community for making the benefit possible.

"It was tough," Chief Rodney Snodgress told WOAY. "We are still having some issues with it, actually. I've got members that are having some issues with it, but we're hoping and praying that he's going to come through this alright and be back with us shortly."

Gene Ferguson is also on the department.

"We grew up around a brotherhood where we stand with each other no matter what, and it's nice when you do something like this, something like this happens, you see how the community even will step up and show you how they care about you, and it makes it special," Ferguson said.

Organizers said another benefit is in the works for the end of July. Anyone interested in helping can call the Summersville Fire Department at 304-872-0952.

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