Stoney's Burn Relief
Organized by: William Leeper
On May 22, 2013, a local volunteer firefighter Stoney Martin was involved in an off duty explosion causing second and third degree burns to his face, arms, and torso. after the accident, he was taken to a local rural hospital in Arkansas where he was loaded into a helicopter and flown to Mercy Hospital Springfield, MO (the closest level 1 trauma center with a burn unit).
While he was eventually released from the hospital, he was being forced to move from his rented home only 3 days after the accident. His fellow firefighters and neighbors all pitched in to get his belongings packed up and moved for him. The fire department went out and with their own money bought him groceries, and setup his home where it would be accessible for him once he was released from the hospital.
In the days that followed, the entire community came together and hosted a fundraiser for him and brought in about $2000 to help someone who had selflessly helped them in their time of need.
Unfortunately, Mr. Martin had no medical insurance, and that money didn't even come close to covering the cost of the helicopter flight. Today, Mr. Martin continues in his recovery, but with the medical bills piling up, he has been forced to live in his truck with his belongings in a storage unit.
Unfortunately, that neighborhood that came together in Mr. Martin's time of need has since gone back to their lives, and someone broke into that storage unit, and stole about $10,000 worth of property from him.