I remember hearing about this horrible accident. Very glad to learn Mr. Sage survived. Great update and for saving the best part for last.
'By the grace of God,' Don Sage thankful to be alive and back serving in the Alabama Fire Department
Submitted by Howard Owens on April 12, 2012 - 8:11pm
By all accounts, when Don Sage climbed aboard an Alabama Fire Department engine a couple of weeks ago, he was all smiles, like a kid getting to blare the siren for the first time.
It had been several months since Sage -- a former chief and former fire district president with more than 50 years of fire service under his belt -- had been out on an emergency call.
Sage has been out on one other call since, but he says he'll go on more as he gets his health back.
"To me, being a volunteer fireman is a good way to serve your community and help your neighbor," Sage said. "That's what life is all about, isn't it?"
The 70-year-old Alabama resident was seriously injured July 7 in a head-on collision in East Pembroke. Sage suffered massive internal injuries and would eventually have a leg amputated.
When he arrived via Mercy Flight at Strong Memorial Hospital, doctors gave him only a 30-percent chance of surviving.
Sage has three children, including two sons who are also volunteers with the Alabama department.
Brian Sage said it's good to see his dad back out responding to calls.
"On that first call, he was barking orders, so I knew he was back," Brian said. "It was good to see him back."
In his 50 years, Sage said he's been there to help other people, "but I never needed help myself, and when I did, my brothers and sisters (in fire service) came through for me."
As I was getting ready leave, Don Sage pulled me aside and said, "I know you're going to do a little write-up. Be sure to mention that I'm here only by the grace of God. That's important to me."
Photo: Don Sage is back row, left. Next to him are, Bill Schutt, Tony Mudrzynski, Todd Thompson, Gloria Abrams, Ralph Bauer, Hank Mudrzynski, and front row, Brian Sage, Kasey Thompson and Kaitlyn Allen.
AWESOME STORY, Howard !!!!! THANKS !!!!
if you add up all the years of service for everyone in that picture, the total years of service is probably OVER 400 years !!!!!
Being one of the firefighters who was at the accident, I've gotta say, this really touched my heart! I'm so glad to see that he's doing so great after everything!!
Congratulations to Don. His story is nothing short of a miracle. And a proud Daddy shout out to my daughter Kaitlyn and her friend Kasey (the two cuties in the picture). Volunteer fire departments need more young people stepping in to carry on the legacies of those who go before them.