OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – Opelika Fire Chief says Captain David Davis’ recovery, after being severely burned in a training accident, is a testament to Davis’ desire to overcome challenges. Meanwhile, the investigation into what caused the training accident that led to Davis and another firefighter being injured is ongoing.
Chief Byron Prather says prayers have extended all across the country as Captain Davis continues his recovery at UAB. Chief Prather said Captain Davis is tackling his recovery like he does everything else; with intense motivation to succeed.
“Captain Davis came out of surgery doing well; his spirits are high. He has a good positive attitude, and from what I can see, he is making excellent progress. His progress is greater than what they had expected at this time,” said Chief Prather.
Captain Davis, who is a 16-year veteran, was training with other firefighters on March 15th, at an abandoned home along Anderson Road when an accident led to Davis suffering 2nd-degree burns on 30% of his body. Firefighter Henry Williford was treated for smoke inhalation. Thankfully, Williford is back at work.
“I will say the firefighters have been trained a great deal on the survivability of a structure fire and they fell back on that training and kept cool heads. That’s what brings us here today. It could have been a lot worse,” said Chief Prather.
Chief Prather says the State Fire Marshall is conducting a meticulous investigation. He says the agency’s findings will be released to the public and studied by his department.
“We owe it to the firefighters who were injured as well as the other firefighters to have a complete and thorough investigation to ensure this incident does not happen again. We are family, and we will get through it as a family, and it will make us better from this situation,” said Chief Prather.
Chief Prather tells News 3, Captain Davis is thankful for all your support. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help his family with expenses during a lengthy recovery process: https://www.gofundme.com/injuried-opelika-firefighter-fund
We will keep you updated on Captain Davis’ recovery and the investigation.