Volunteer firefighter recovering after crash with horse, pole

Volunteer firefighter recovering after crash with horse, pole

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6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - Caleb Wilson was in a car accident on January 10th. He was driving in Kingston when a horse ran in front of his car. He hit the horse and then a telephone pole, sending him to UT Medical Center.

Caleb Wilson, a volunteer firefighter for the East Roane County Fire Department, is still in the hospital but 6 News talked to the woman who knows him best, his mom, about his incredible progress since the January 10th crash.

"He can move both arms and legs. He can sit up without help now. He can stand up. The speech therapist working with him today. His jaw was broken in 3 spots so they have his mouth wired shut. He can't talk real good because he's thirsty," said Helena Harper, Caleb's Mom.

Even his firefighter friends who helped rescue him from the crash are impressed with how well the 18-year-old is doing.

"It's been wonderful seeing his progress. He hasn't had any major fall backs. He has just continued to get better and better. He's starting to be the regular Caleb we knew him as. He is goofy. He's coming through his physical therapy great," explained Captain Andrew Murray, who works with Caleb at the department.

Especially since they weren't sure if he would make it when it first happened. "We all immediately started praying right when we knew it was him. We didn't expect him to do this well. We do this all of the time. We see a lot of wrecks and this was a serious wreck," said Murray.

Caleb's mom is thankful for her son's progress and through it all, has managed to stay positive. "Even though it's been really sad and a bad accident, I have faith something good is going to come out of this. When he gets all the way better, he will know what his place on Earth is," she said.

The fundraising dinner for Caleb is Saturday, February 4th at 5:00pm. It's being held at New Midway Baptist Church in Kingston and a donation will get you in. If you can't make that event, a donation fund for Caleb has been opened at Enrichment Federal Credit Union called the Caleb Wilson Fund. The money collected will help with Caleb's recovery and medical bills.


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