A volunteer firefighter for the North Callaway Fire Protection District is recovering well after suffering a serious head injury while responding to a call Friday afternoon.
Tim Hays and other firefighters were responding to a tree that caught fire after a lightning strike near County Road 280 in North Callaway County. Firefighters were worried that the flames would spread to a nearby field, North Callaway Fire Chief Lana Karhoff said.
While they were putting the flames out, a branch fell from the tree and struck Hays in the head. Hays was immediately rushed to University Hospital.
On Saturday he had head surgery to treat multiple head contusions and bleeding.
The fire protection district said Sunday morning they removed his breathing tube and he is making progress.
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