Fairview firefighter impaled in freak accident while off-roading

(Submitted to Fox 17 News)

A Fairview fighter was impaled in the stomach in a freak accident.

For nine years, Fairview firefighter Chad Harrah has been running into dangerous situations to help complete strangers so the last place he’d expect to get badly hurt was off-roading along Williamson County trails with his girlfriend.

“Not doing anything stupid just cruising, enjoying the night,” Harrah said. “Next thing I know I guess I hit a stick, and it jumped up through the floorboard and hit me in the stomach.”

The three-inch thick stick shot through the bottom of the RZR side-by-side through a seam and stabbed Harrah damaged his small intestine.

“I can't really do much physically right now because they cut me open pretty good on my stomach,” Harrah said.

Harrah was in the hospital almost two weeks and had seven inches of his small intestine removed. He’s already had two surgeries and may need one more. The Fairview firefighter will return to the doctor Thursday or Friday to see if the third surgery is necessary.

“It's different being on the other side, you know? A lot of people took good care of me,” Harrah said.

His friends Brandon Reynolds and his wife Amber Reynolds set up a Facebook fundraiser with several thousand dollars already donated to help with medical bills.

“You get through each day,” Harrah’s mom Sue Harrah said. “We're still kind of getting through each day.”

Sue Harrah is grateful that her son is healing quickly.

“I'm a strong believer in God and prayers, and I leave it all to Him. He's come a long way with us,” Sue Harrah said.

Chad Harrah said it’ll be about six to eight weeks before he’s healed and can get back to work as a Fairview firefighter.

“Being a firefighter and stuff, I'm usually the one helping someone who's hurting,” Chad Harrah said. “So being on the other side, it opens your eyes for sure.”

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