ELIZABETHTOWN — A call for help has gone across the community from the Elizabethtown Fire Department to help one of their own.
Hunter Long, a member of EFD, was burned last Friday when a gas grill exploded, according to reports. Long was taking part in a fundraiser for a member of the community when the incident occurred.
Long was transported to the University of North Carolina Burn Center in Chapel Hill, where he is recovering from his injuries.
Chief Byron Graham said on Thursday morning that Long underwent surgery on Wednesday and is continuing to make a strong recovery.
Long has been a member of the EFD for about two years and is the stepson of EFD Capt. Michael “Bull” Shaw.
While the family has not asked for donations, Graham said that donations are being accepted at the fire station.
“We have a box someone made that is sealed up and we’ll put the donations in that,” said Graham.
A posting on the Elizabethtown Fire Department’s Facebook page reads: “Elizabethtown Firefighter Hunter Long continues to recover in Chapel Hill from injuries sustained on Friday night during a non-duty related accident. Hunter and his family were reaching out to someone in need when the accident occurred. Although they have not asked for assistance, his family does so much for the community in times of need. We would like to repay their generosity.”
The Facebook posting continues: “We will be collecting donations to assist with medical and other expenses incurred during this tragedy. We have a family business in the community who has agreed to match donations with a percentage of what is contributed. If you would like to donate please inbox the administrator of this page. We (the firefighters) will make arrangements to collect it. You may also stop by the Elizabethtown Fire Department. A box will be located there to deposit your contribution. These funds will not go to the Fire Department but to Hunter and his family. Again, please continue to keep Firefighter Hunter Long and his family in your prayers.”