Donations needed for family of EMS paramedic killed in ATV crash
NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) —
For nearly a decade, Lemuel Finlay served the people of Oklahoma all his life.
Finlay worked as a flight paramedic for Mediflight of Oklahoma, and as a ground paramedic for EMS at Norman Regional Hospital, but early Saturday, he found himself on the other side of the job. He died tragically in an ATV accident.
Finlay leaves behind a wife and two young kids, both under the age of 10.
"Especially someone who's as bright and full of life and joy as he is, it struck everybody hard. I don't think anybody's really come to grips with it that this has even happened yet so we are all pretty upset," says Justin Hunter, president of EMS Success.
The organization, EMS Success, wants to give back to the man who gave so much. They're hoping to raise enough money to help his family get through this difficult time.
"He provided for them so they're going to be put in a financial strain because of this. They have funeral costs they've got family that has to travel they've got food that they have to eat. The kids still have to have clothes and food on the table even though their father is not going to be there," says Hunter.
Right now they've raised several thousand dollars, but not nearly enough to reach their goal of $20,000. They're hoping you can help them reach that.
"In a situation like this where you've got somebody who's dedicated their whole life towards giving back to the community around him it would be great if we could come together to give back to him and give back to his family," says Hunter.