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Maegan Is Home
124 days and 5 hospitals later - home in Oriental
July 6, 2020

irefighter Maegan Speciale was struck by a vehicle while diverting traffic from a fire scene on March 5. She was in a critical care unit for two months.

EMS Captain and Assistant Fire Chief Eric Kindle discusses Maegen’s accident and her ongoing recovery.

Today, 124 days and 5 hospitals later – she’s home in Oriental. Fellow firefighter Eric Kindle brought her today from a rehab facility in Raleigh. She was escorted by firetrucks the whole way. Once Maegan entered Pamlico County this afternoon, the firefighter and emergency escort grew. TownDock counted some three dozen vehicles pouring into town.

On her way home from the hospital in Raleigh, firefighters and EMTs in each county paid their respects.

The fire and emergency vehicle escort:

When Maegan was helped out of a vehicle, she was greeted by about 50 firefighters, rescue workers, and friends. They had all gathered to congratulate and salute her first day home.

Using a walker, Maegan proceeded by the welcomers. They applauded.

At her new home, she was presented with a signed firefighter’s helmet.

Eric Kindle wrote in back in March:
My good friend Maegan Speciale, who is a local firefighter/EMT was struck by a car on Thursday night. Her fire department (Grantsboro-Silverhill VFD Station 11) was on scene with Aurora VFD assisting with a structure fire. Maegan was doing traffic control with others. A vehicle approached that was obviously not paying attention as she had to swerve to miss a parked fire truck and then struck Maegan. Maegan is in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center with a severe TBI (traumatic brain injury). Thank God she had all her gear on, including her helmet, otherwise she would probably have been killed.
Aside from being a volunteer firefighter, she is also a volunteer member at Pamlico Rescue.

Posted Monday July 6, 2020 by Keith N. Smith

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