Recovery continues for man burned while helping suicidal man

(SOURCE: Family)
(SOURCE: Family)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - One of the men who rushed in to save lives and help a man who set himself on fire continues to recover from burns he received during his good deed.

Paul Garner received second- and third-degree burns almost two weeks ago when he tried to help Jared McLemore, who set himself on fire live on Facebook and rushed into a local restaurant where his ex-girlfriend worked.

McLemore had a restraining order filed against him just hours before he killed himself. On May 15, he  poured gas on himself and lit himself on fire before running inside Murphy's in Midtown.

Garner stepped in to help prevent others from being injured. As a result, he received burns to his legs and remains in a wheelchair.

Garner continues to go to weekly check-ups with doctors for his burns. His sister Susan set up a GoFundMe account to help offset the costs of medical expenses. At this time, the account has surpassed its goal of $5,000, reaching $6,120 in just two days.

"It feels really good to know that there is such a strong community in Memphis to support him," Susan said.

According to the GoFundMe, Garner has a $3,000 deductible on his health insurance and has other increasing expenses during his recovery.

If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so by clicking here.

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