Injured firefighter continues to recover

Friday, September 18, 2015

Eureka Springs firefighter Rod Wasson has made a large step in his recovery and is walking without assistance after his breathing tube was removed last Friday.

Wasson was injured on the night of Aug. 29 while fighting a house fire on Grand Avenue in Eureka Springs. Wasson's breathing regulator became dislodged and fellow firefighter Josh Beyler had to remove him from the residence.

Wasson was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., where he is being treated in the burn unit.

"Rod believes that he will be downgraded from the burn unit soon," Monday's Facebook post said. "Firefighter Rod Wasson is up and about in his room! Chief Ates visited with Rod this afternoon and reports that he is weak, but able to walk slowly without assistance. His appetite has returned and he ate six chicken nuggets and a cheeseburger for lunch."

The post said Wasson is grateful for the community's support while he recovers.

"Rod says 'thank you' for all of the cards, letters, balloons and calls. He also said that he appreciates the way everyone in the community has pitched in to help out his family and himself during this crisis," the post said.

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