Firefighter Saves Own Wife, Son

Published: June 11, 2015

Firefighter Saves Own Wife, Son, When a Thomas Lake firefighter heard a call Saturday for a head-on collision, he had no idea he would soon find be among those trying to save the lives of his wife and young son.

The Department of Public Safety says the victims were in the 2600 block of FM 980 at Lakeland Road near Riverside when the car they were in collided with an oncoming pickup truck. Investigators have not yet said why.

“It’s my family. My wife was laying there on the ground. (By) the look of the car, I don’t know how either one of them lived. There was nothing left of that car,” Aaron Van Riper, Assistant Chief for the Thomas Lake Fire Department.

Both his wife, Amber, and son, Jonathan were rushed by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann hospital. Both have a number of fractures.

Van Riper says Amber endured 9 hours of surgery just Sunday to repair her pelvis, broken in five places. The family, however, does not have insurance.

Amber works full time at a small company as a graphic designer. Both she and “Bear,” his son, are expected to be in wheelchairs temporarily as they recover.




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