‘Angels’ visit father who lost limbs after oxygen tank explosion

Sadye Matula

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – The father who dropped limbs through an oxygen tank explosion whilst working in Broward County was capable to thank the heroes who assisted to preserve his everyday living. Lt. Joseph Panczak and other users of the Lauderhill Fire-Rescue Department visited Don Juan Coley on Tuesday at […]

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – The father who dropped limbs through an oxygen tank explosion whilst working in Broward County was capable to thank the heroes who assisted to preserve his everyday living.

Lt. Joseph Panczak and other users of the Lauderhill Fire-Rescue Department visited Don Juan Coley on Tuesday at the Broward Health and fitness Professional medical Centre.

“The crews applied tourniquets immediately to try out and handle the bleeding as ideal we can … At first, I was anxious as a supervisor, was there likely to be a possible other explosions,” explained Panczak, who was the 1st supervisor to react.

Coley arrived at the healthcare facility in a helicopter soon after his coronary heart stopped beating and crisis staff revived him. His left leg and still left arm experienced to be amputated, and he has gone through quite a few surgeries — nonetheless he was so grateful on Tuesday. He smiled when Hearth Rescue personnel lined up.

“Hey, how are you all undertaking? Can I shake everybody’s hand?

“I appreciate you all so considerably … It could have been entirely various … You guys are constantly heading to be a element of my daily life endlessly. I want to make sure my kids know who you guys are endlessly. I want to make confident my young children know who you fellas are.”

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Panczak stated he was grateful way too.

“We run a large amount of traumatic calls and it is not usually we can meet up with a affected person and have closure with the simply call and genuinely set a confront, communicate to the human being in a considerably less-chaotic scenario,” Panczak claimed. “It actually aids all of us.”

Coley has been hospitalized since the explosion on Feb. 14. He experienced labored at the scrapyard for decades and didn’t count on the tank to blow up.

“Early each individual morning, I bought up, and I beat every person I could to come across an air conditioner, to uncover a piece of copper, to do just about anything I had to do to present for my loved ones and my kids,” Coley stated.

He has been not able to do the job at the scrapyard to assistance his loved ones. He explained he believes his survival with the support of Fire Rescue staff is a wonder.

“Angels! I’m telling you straight up, pure angels. Just about every 1 of individuals faces, angels … It displays that my challenging work is not going unnoticed by God. Thank you all so a great deal,” Coley explained.

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He also explained he is refusing to give up on his recovery and he is hunting ahead to shelling out much more time with his relatives when he is released from the hospital.

“Drive, select the young children up from university, choose them locations,” Coley stated. “I’m searching forward to executing that once again in the upcoming … I’m searching ahead to strolling into the Lauderhill Fire Rescue and looking at these brothers every probability I get.”

Coley also has hope that a prothetic will permit him to stroll yet again and go back to get the job done. He is searching ahead to strolling into the Lauderhill Hearth Department to show it to them. For now, there is a GoFundMe fundraiser for everyone who needs to assist assistance his recovery.

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