Firefighters Deliver New Bicycle to Teen Hit by Car, Says Helmet Saved His Life
SPRING HILL – A parent’s worst nightmare is receiving that dreaded call from police or fire rescue, delivering news that their child has been injured or even worse. That’s what happened to Scott and Nicole Sessa Wednesday morning, after their 13-year-old son Damian was struck by a car while riding his bike to school.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Northcliffe Blvd and Landover Blvd, where a car struck Damian as he was crossing the roadway. Damian was airlifted to a St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, but he was later released after doctors determined his injuries were not life-threatening. Because Damian was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, he only suffered injuries to his left leg and collar bone.
Hernando County Fire Rescue Captain Michael Loucks contacted RNRF to let us know that he and the firefighter/paramedics of Station 4 were planning to surprise Damian with a new bicycle. Capt. Loucks is the president of the Adventure Coast F.O.O.L.S. (Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society) a non-profit organization developed to help families of firefighters and members of the community.
Today, Capt. Loucks and several firefighters arrived in an engine and rescue unit to deliver Damian’s new bicycle, helmet, a $100 gift card, and a lot of warm handshakes. Damian was grateful for the gifts and says his helmet probably saved his life. Damian’s mom, Nicole Sessa says, “I’m just thankful to God that he was wearing his helmet.” Nicole says at first Damian wasn’t really happy with he idea of wearing a helmet at first and says, “We were hard on him but we knew of the importance of wearing a helmet.” Damian’s father, Scott Sessa recalls the moment he received the news; “It’s a call that you never want to get – my heart skipped a beat when I got the call.” Scott was extremely grateful to the firefighters and says, “this is how a community should come together.”
Captain Loucks echoed the importance of anyone operating a motorcycle, or non-motorized vehicles to always wear a helmet. “To all the parents out there, and even the adults, find a helmet that you like and always where it – it could save your life.”
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