The Apopka Professional Firefighters Association, with the permission of his family, has released the following statement about the status and name of the AFD firefighter involved in the accident yesterday:
"If you can offer a prayer, keep him in your thoughts, or whatever it is you do for our Firefighter Brother Austin Duran he could certainly use that help.
Austin was involved in a devastating accident at work and has an extreme recovery ahead of him. He is strong and determined and we are in awe of his resolve.
We are working closely with him and his family and will have more to bring forward in the future but right now we’re just looking for support for our friend and brother.
Austin Duran is a 24-year-old Firefighter/EMT for the Apopka Fire Department. He has been in the department 2-3 years according to Alex Klepper, President of the APFA.
Duran suffered multiple broken bones, and multiple injuries yesterday when a sand trailer weighing approximately 4,500 pounds fell on him while he and another firefighter attempted to attach it to a hitch on a squad truck and transport it from Fire Station #1 to Fire Station #5.
After several EMT's freed Duran from under the trailer using the jaws of life, he was rushed to ORMC where he was in serious but stable condition. Although responsive, Duran was ventilated overnight, scheduled for major surgery today, and is expected to have multiple surgeries and an extended recovery period.
The Apopka Fire Department released the following statement this morning:
"On behalf of the entire Apopka Fire Department, we would like to thank each and every person who has reached out and prayed for our Fire family during this time.
It comes as no surprise the way our community has come together and expressed their love and support for us.
At this time we ask that you continue to lift our Fire family up in prayer and ask that you respect the privacy of those involved as we pave the way on the road to recovery and healing.
We are so very grateful and appreciative to know we are loved and supported by the community we love to serve."
This is a developing story and will be updated if more details are known.