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Two volunteer firefighters recovering after accident

(WMC-TV) – Two Braden, Mississippi volunteer firefighters who were nearly killed last Monday night when they were hit by a truck while fighting a grass fire have made a remarkable recovery.

"I remembered hearing a loud boom," said firefighter Joshua Fair.  "Next thing I know, I just felt like I was flying through the air.  And I feel and it was some of the worst pain I've ever experienced."

Monday afternoon, while Fair and his fellow firefighters were on duty on I-40, they were fighting a grass fire on the median when a pickup truck slammed into the back of their fire engine.

Three firefighters were injured and the driver of the pickup truck was killed.

"It was the fire truck that hit us from the impact of the original vehicle that hit it and drove the truck into us," said injured firefighter Captain Mack Green.

"Hearing firefighter Fair in pain with his leg and trying to get to him," Green continued.  "My next reaction was, what's wrong with me?  Why can't I move like I should?"

"He's hollering, I'm hollering, and I want to know what's wrong with him," said Fair.

Both Fair and Green suffered injuries.

"Still suffering from three broken ribs and a small hematoma under the ribs between the lungs," said Green.

"I have a shattered femur, a fib tib breaker," said Fair.  "I have a metal plate running down my leg right around my hip."

Fair said despite the injuries, he is focused on his family.

"I want to be able to help them out, pay bills, and be able to play with them," he said.  "But I can't do that for a long time."

Fair was released from the MED Sunday.

A fund has been set up to help the firefighters.  You can make a donation to the Mack Green and Josh Fair Victim's Fund at any Regions Bank.

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