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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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  • What a beautiful ending to a story that could have been so tragic. Lets focus on the fact that this child is ok and what a positive impacts these invaluable first responders make in our community every day. #reallifeheroes

    Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 10:18 pm
  • Where were the crossing guards? ???

    Monday, 12 November 2018, 9:45 am
    • Ive never seen crossing guards at that intersection. They are at the next light by the school entrance.

      Monday, 12 November 2018, 3:38 pm
  • Wow, gave me the chills. What a wonderful thing to do. Kudo’s to the HCFD. Our hero’s!!

    Sunday, 11 November 2018, 2:37 pm
  • Class act crew for Hernando Fire Rescue! Thank you.

    Sunday, 11 November 2018, 7:39 am
  • Hey Tom, any word on what happened? You know, the story? I’ve seen no mention of where the bike or car were, what direction, was the boy in a crosswalk, was the driver charged with anything, who was at fault, etc. I’m glad everyone’s alright, but it would be nice to know the facts!

    Sunday, 11 November 2018, 12:56 am
  • Thank you Springhill Fire&Rescue for being so caring and informative! You guys rock! I hope i never need you but if I do its nice to know you all are so compassionate!

    Saturday, 10 November 2018, 5:30 pm
  • Capt and ALL OF Hernando Fire is a class act .

    Saturday, 10 November 2018, 4:20 pm

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