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Volunteer firefighter in a coma

June 9, 2003

Ochlocknee - A southwest Georgia man is fighting for his life. The victim's Mother, Virginia Wood, says, "To be honest with you, me and my husband are in a daze. This is a parents worst nightmare." The Wood's family is keeping up hope. Four weeks ago, a car crash sent their son into a coma.

Firefighters are usually the ones doing the rescuing, but this time a volunteer firefighter is in a hospital bed needing your help. Twenty-two-year-old Bobby Joe Wood has been in a coma for four weeks now. His hometown is pitching in to help the Wood's family make it through these tough emotional and financial times. Mrs. Wood says, "He's still in a coma, what they call a progressive vegetative state."

On May 7th, Wood was driving this blazer on Georgia 122 when he lost control. The blazer flipped numerous times, ejecting Wood. Fire Chief, Travis Davis, says, "Two weeks to the day of this accident which injured Bobby Joe we lost another career firefighter on the same road and same kind of accident."

Wood has been with the Thomas County Fire Department in Ochlocknee for at least three years. His dad, Randy, is a career firefighter and his mom, Virginia, is a volunteer firefighter and school teacher. Mrs. Woods says, "It's hard to know you can't do anything for your child."

They visit their son at Archbold Memorial Hospital at least four times a day. Ochlocknee and surrounding areas are pitching in. They are selling $5.00 dinner tickets for a June 28th fundraiser for Bobby Joe. Mrs. Woods says, "I hate to even ask for help, but Bobby was at the age we couldn't insure him any more and he didn't keep a steady job. He contracted out for odds and ends. We applied for social security and we just got a letter today that that has been denied."

The car he wrecked was his pride and joy. His mother says, "He had been working on it late at night for about three months, the very day he got it running was the day he had the accident. It hadn't been running for maybe three hours."

Wood has opened his eyes, but is not responding.

There are several ways you can help. You can donate items for the June 28th auction at the Recreation Center in Ochlocknee. You can also buy dinner tickets at Thomas County Fire Departments.

Donations can also be mailed to the Bank of Thomas County for the Bobby Joe Wood Fund. That address is P.O. Box 2368, Thomasville, Georgia 31799 or delivered to the bank at 2484 East Pine Tree Boulevard.

posted at 6:10PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com