Firefighter who lost leg in motorcycle accident returns home from the hospital


Pictured above: Cool Springs Assistant Chief and Concord Firefighter Ray Elmore enjoys a bowl of cereal at his home Friday – Picture courtesy of Logan Elmore

STATESVILLE, NC (WSIC) – A firefighter who lost his leg in a head-on Troutman motorcycle accident last month has returned home from the hospital.

Doctors initial predicted Ray Elmore would be in the hospital three to six months; but now, just a little over one month later, he is back home with family. Elmore’s son Logan shared an image with WSIC, saying his Dad was “enjoying a nice bowl of Fruity Pebbles” upon returning home Friday.

Citing witnesses and evidence at the scene, Trooper Ketner with the Highway Patrol tells WSIC a passenger car was traveling north on Highway 21 when it crossed the center line and collided with Elmore’s motorcycle on the morning of October 9th. The Highway Patrol charged Megan Beaver with driving left of center and operating a vehicle with no insurance.

Cool Springs Chief Andy Webster joined firefighters from his department and Concord to install a ramp at Ray’s home Wednesday afternoon. The ramp was donated by Carolina RampIt Solutions and also made possible by Purple Heart Homes.

For Ray’s son Logan, his family and fellow firefighters, support and interest from the community have been welcomed and appreciated.

Air-care was not an option the day of the accident – Webster credits Iredell County EMS with saving the life of his Assistant Chief. He’s looking forward to having Elmore back at the station and jokingly says he has paperwork waiting for him.

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