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10 May

Greenock Rallies To Support Firefighter

Greenock firefighters are calling for the local community to get involved in a sponsored run/walk to help bring their colleague, who was paralysed tackling a deliberate blaze, home from hospital. Watch manager Andy Adams sustained life changing injuries when a wall collapsed during firefighting operations in August last year.

The three-stage event will take place on 10 June, leaving from Greenock Fire Station and covering just under eight miles. It is the latest fundraising event in what has been an incredible show of support for the valued colleague.

Andy has learned since the accident that he will never be able to walk again, and has had to accept he'll need to relearn basic skills like how to eat, drink and swallow. The father-of-two suffered a severed spinal cord, fractured neck, three broken vertebrae, a broken sternum, two fractured scapulae, a punctured lung, broken collarbone, broken tibula, fibula, ankle and jaw as a result of the wall collapse.

Sandy MacLean, watch manager at the station, says the money raised will help bring Andy home from hospital, where he has been for over eight months.

He said: “We desperately want to get Andy home from hospital, but he can’t until he can get a specially adapted home. He went to work on 25 August last year and he hasn’t been able to get home since. Andy served the community as a firefighter. When we go up and see him he’s always in good spirits – he’s an inspiration.

“We are trying to get the community involved as much as we can to reciprocate the work he has done in the fire service for the past 26 years.”

More information on the sponsored run/walk and the ‘Andy Adams Fund’ can be found here.