Local firefighter recovering after crash

The aftermath of firefighter and EMT Matt Miller’s motor vehicle accident is shown here on his car, which collided with a delivery truck on April 11. (Courtesy photo)

LINCOLN CITY — North Lincoln Fire and Rescue firefighter Matt Miller, 27, was involved in a serious car accident near Dallas at approximately 8 a.m. on April 11. Though he sustained serious head and chest injuries, he was discharged from intensive care and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a media release from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

NLFR first notified the community through Facebook just after midnight on April 12. In the post, it was relayed that the crash had taken place at the intersection of Highway 22 and Perrydale Road, a few miles north of Dallas. Miller collided with a delivery truck while driving to Lincoln City for a shift at NLFR. Dallas Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, extricated Miller from his car and transported him to Salem Hospital.

“We were notified by members of Dallas Fire shortly after Matt was safely on his way to the hospital,” said the Friday Facebook post. “Immediately several of our career staff responded to the hospital and have been there providing support to Matt, his wife Kristin and Matt’s parents. They are there along with many of Matt's close friends.”

Miller was initially placed in intensive care due to the severity of his head and chest injuries, but he was already showing great progress Saturday afternoon, when interim chief Rob Dahlman took to the NLFR Facebook to write, “He has made significant progress in the last 30 hours. His head injury has stabilized. They removed the chest tube and he got out of bed and took a few steps.”

It was that same day that a GoFundMe page was created to help alleviate some of the medical and personal expenses that this crash would leave with Miller and his family. Almost immediately, a strong community response followed.

As of Monday afternoon, the page had been shared approximately 1,500 times and $11,380 had been raised. A total of 123 people had donated in just two days, many leaving notes of encouragement and healing with their contributions.

The family has said that they are overwhelmed by the support and prayers of the community. Miller himself said, “I have been so blessed by all the love and support of family and friends.”

Contributions can still be made to the fundraiser for Miller’s expenses at www.gofundme.com/please-support-matt-miller039s-recovery.

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