Accident victim, family offer thanks
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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JEFFERY HUSSEY JR. was critically injured after his bicycle collided with a van earlier this year. His family met with first responders to thank them for their lifesaving efforts. From left are John Collins, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office; Chris Painter, Critical Care paramedic with Bradley County Emergency Medical Service; Brett Dunn, Alex Fallin, Brian Bird, Randy Watson, Troy Maney and Ryan Creech, all of Bradley County Fire-Rescue; Jeff Hussey Sr. and Jeffrey Hussey Jr.; and Arron Hicks, Jesse Gann and Ben Lamb, all of BCFR.
JEFFERY HUSSEY JR. was critically injured after his bicycle collided with a van earlier this year. His family met with first responders to thank them for their lifesaving efforts. From left are John Collins, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office; Chris Painter, Critical Care paramedic with Bradley County Emergency Medical Service; Brett Dunn, Alex Fallin, Brian Bird, Randy Watson, Troy Maney and Ryan Creech, all of Bradley County Fire-Rescue; Jeff Hussey Sr. and Jeffrey Hussey Jr.; and Arron Hicks, Jesse Gann and Ben Lamb, all of BCFR.
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As he raced his bicycle off a hill near Union Grove Church of Christ, Jeffery Hussey Jr. didn’t realize his life was about to change.

He struck a vehicle in the side, causing life-threatening injuries.

At that time, the 10-year-old Taylor Elementary student didn’t know how many people would come to his aid.

Sunday, personnel from Bradley County Emergency Medical Service and Bradley County Fire-Rescue were recognized and thanked for their service by Jeffrey and his father, Jeffery Sr.

It was about 4 p.m. on a warm April 10.

After Jeffery’s bike struck the Toyota SUV, the driver swerved off the roadway and into a field.

The boy’s bicycle struck the van near the driver’s side door, according to reports.

Reports noted Jeffery had not been wearing a bike helmet.

“He suffered a serious head injury and was treated by Bradley County EMS and Bradley County Fire Department on the scene. LifeForce helicopter landed and flew the child to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. The injuries that Jeffrey received were life threatening and his initial prognosis was not good,” said Stan Clark, information officer for BCEMS.

The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries and was transported to SkyRidge Medical Center for treatment

“To the doctors’ amazement, Jeffery pulled through. He spent some time in Siskin Rehabilitation Center and is now home,” Clark added.

The Hussey family presented plaques to BCFR and BCEMS, and had a cookout at BCFR Station No. 8 with responders.

"Responders do this job because they have a desire to help others. They don't do it for the recognition, but it sure is nice for them to get that pat on the back every now and then. For these guys to be reunited with Jeffrey was the best thank you they could have had," Clark said.