Clearfield, Pa- Clearfield EMS are looking to help one of their own who was injured over a week ago while attempting to assist in a highway accident.
10 days ago Keith Washburn was almost at the end of his shift at Clearfield EMS when the call came out for accidents on I-80 West, which involved tractor trailers that jack-knifed.
When Washburn got out of the ambulance to go help someone, he slipped and fell on the ice, breaking his femur.
He was discharged from the hospital this past Friday… but still cannot put weight on his injured leg. He requires a walker.
Washburn hopes to be back to work by February or March, 2019.
But until that time, he’s collecting about 67% of his paycheck on workers compensation…which his co-workers say will put a strain on finances for both Washburn and his wife.
“A few months without a paycheck is going to be devastating to their personal life… he does get to collect workman’s comp, but of course that’s not 100%,” said Beth Martin, an EMT for Clearfield EMS and co-worker with Washburn.
“That’s all he knows… he knows EMS. And being a femur, and he’s also a diabetic, that healing process is going to be quite substantial…like you rely on your paycheck, I rely on mine… he relies on his.”
Washburn’s co-workers are collecting money and gift cards to send to him. They also plan on creating a go fund me page and hosting spaghetti dinner at a local church to raise money for him.
Washburn’s co-workers say gift cards, checks, and cash can be mailed to:
Keith Washburn, care of Traci Webber
571 Haytown Road Curwensville, PA 16838