Article has been edited to reflect the change of flight time.
By Jill Fox
Twenty-two-year-old Garrett Glover is fighting for his life after a near-fatal traffic collision in Northeast North Carolina.
On Friday, May 22, while driving to a friend’s house on wet roads, Garrett lost control of his truck and impacted a tree. With a traumatic brain injury and devastating damage to his leg, which may require amputation, he is currently on life support and in a coma.
Although his mother is in North Carolina, Garrett’s father and stepmother, who live locally, feel Garrett desperately needs to be in South Florida for the best care possible to help save his life.
“We have felt your prayers and concern and ask if you can possibly help us,” said the family, who have appreciated being able to see their son through Facetime but are ready to have him in a place where the family can be present.
They have set up a Facebook Fundraiser to assist with the $13,000 flight to South Florida and other medical expenses.
Over $12,000 has been donated so far to a family known for being a fixture in the Coral Springs community.
Garrett, who studied to be a pharmacy technician, was on the cusp of joining the air force.
His father, Will, has been with the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department for 17 years, first with Parkland, and now with Coral Springs, as the Assistant Chaplain and Fire Department Honor Guard Commander.
He also spent almost two years as the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
On February 14, Will was one of the Station 64 first responders involved in the rescue of students at MSD. As the leader of the South Florida Regional Disaster Spiritual Care Program, he worked with the American Red Cross on the evening of the massacre with disaster relief operations.
Shannon Harmeling, who met Will that evening working as a disaster action team provider with the American Red Cross, said after he finished his shift with the fire department, he came over and helped as chaplain and as a liaison to the Armed Services to help with families who were missing their loved ones.
“You can’t find a more dedicated couple to the community at large and in a time of crisis,” said Harmeling, “Now they need our help.”
The plan is for Garrett’s father to fly on a rescue plane in the next few days, and he is working with the Coral Springs Fire Department to meet at Fort Lauderdale International Airport and transfer Garrett to a trauma center in Delray Beach.
Will said, “We have a lot of fantastic things lined up for him once he gets down here,” which includes help from his stepmother, Karen, a trauma ICU case manager at Delray Medical Center.
Will said, at this time, even prayers and thoughts are much appreciated.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.
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