Injured firefighter is in recovery at home

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Maegan Speciale, the Pamlico firefighter injured after being hit by a car is in recovery at home.

Officials said, “She still has some therapy to do but for now we are beside ourselves with happiness that she is finally coming home. Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers for her and her family. Without them, we may not be having this homecoming.”

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Maegan Speciale is in intensive care at Vidant Health.

She was hit while directing traffic at an emergency scene in Beaufort County last week.

On Thursday around 6:11 a.m. Pamlico County Fire Department was dispatched to structure fire call with Aurora Fire Department.

While operating the scene on NC Highway 306 N near Bergin road, officials said a firefighter providing traffic control to the fire was struck by a motor vehicle.

The firefighter was transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern and later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where the victim remains in critical condition.

The Pamlico County fire Marshals Office in conjunction with the Beaufort County Fire Marshal’s Office are continuously working together regarding this incident.

Officials said, “It is at a time like that we encourage all of our citizens to keep the firefighter and the fire departments involved in their thoughts.”

Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) issued a statement”

“Please focus your thoughts and prayers on Pamlico County firefighter Maegan Speciale. Our first responders do so much for us each and every day. During times like these we should all do our part by keeping them in our prayers,” said Murphy.

9OYS talked with firefighters about the risks they encounter on the job.

Firefighters’ lives aren’t just in danger when they’re taking on smoke and flames, they face many other risks on the job that people may not realize.

For first responders, safety is number one, but whether they’re battling smoke and flames… or directing traffic at an accident scene, these men and women put their lives on the line to help others.

“For me personally, I’ve noticed the biggest thing is just traffic in general. Especially at wrecks, people a lot of the time don’t pay attention to first responders that are working at the wrecks,” says firefighter Jesus Enriquez. 

But there are things drivers can do to help.

Just slow down, every time you see a fire truck parked on the side of the road or an ambulance please slow down,” Enriquez explains. 

Firefighters must train to take on these challenges. 

“Firefighters are required to have 36 hours of training a year but our men and women train hundreds of hours a year. Every time they’re doing those training we make sure that we have safety involvement,” says Chief Eric Griffin. 

The dangers of the job have a way of bringing firefighters closer together.

“It’s awesome, I love it. All of the firefighters here are like my brothers and sisters so it’s really hard to see somebody get hurt,” says firefighter Enriquez. 

Greenville Fire-Rescue leaders tell 9OYS they take advantage of training exercises whenever possible to help prevent accidents while on duty.

There are several projects taking place in an effort to support Speciale and her family.

You can send t-shirts or patches for Maegan’s quilt to PCFMO 202 Main Street, Bayboro, N.C., 28515 Attn: Maegan Strong or donate via GoFundMe.

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