Georgia firefighter released from hospital weeks after freak accident

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA. — A south Georgia community is celebrating after the release of the final first responder injured in a freak accident.

It was in July when police and firefighters responded to an accident involving a downed pole in Valdosta.

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Police were helping direct traffic and fire crews were helping secure the downed line. At one point, a semi-truck driving through it accidentally snagged the line, yanking it and breaking the power pole. The pole then shot across the road, hitting three firefighters and one police officer.

The police officer suffered serious injuries, including to his face. One firefighter suffered injuries to his leg, which caused doctors to amputate below the knee. The other firefighters were also treated for their injuries.

On Sunday, the Valdosta fire department posted video of Sgt. Jimmie Bacon being released on its Facebook page. He was the final crewmember to leave the hospital after the accident.

Video shows the hospital staff at South Georgia Medical Center applauding as he is wheeled out.


“We know there is a long road to recovery but we can’t wait to be by your side every step of the way Sgt. Bacon,” the department wrote.

Many people commented sending their love to Bacon.

“Omg I love this! It brought tears to my eyes… I’ve known Jimmie since elementary school. Hugs and prayers God Bless you Big Guy!” one person wrote.

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Our hearts are full ❤️🖤 All of our first responders are officially HOME! Sgt. Jimmie Bacon was released Friday morning...

Posted by Valdosta Fire Department on Sunday, August 8, 2021