Battalion Chief J.D. Johnson, who was injured in a Robstown fire on Aug. 9, continues to recover in the San Antonio Military Medical Center's burn unit.
Johnson, an 18-year veteran of the Corpus Christi Fire Department, received third-degree burns to his hands and second-degree burns to his face and chest. It all happened when the roof of a burning building collapsed, forcing a 15-foot blast of flames to escape the building.
Johnson's family has reportedly been with him in San Antonio as he receives treatment. He is expected to be in the hospital for another two or three weeks.
Since sustaining his injuries, Johnson has received an outpouring of support from the community. Firefighters from the Coastal Bend and around the state have been pitching in to help pay for the family's lodging in meals.
If you would like to help the Johnson family during their time of need, there is an account set up for contributions at the City Employee's Credit Union. It is listed as the J.D. Johnson Relief Fund, account #1594456.
The Firefighters Association is also collecting contributions at its offices located at 6014 Ayers, 78415, ATTN. J.D. Johnson.
Cards and letters can be sent directly to Johnson at the hospital he is staying at. The address is:
Local firefighters are also holding a fitness benefit event at 9 a.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 22, at CrossFit Metro 361, located on South Water Street.
There is also an account for a gymnastics facility that was burned down in the fire. If you would like to help them out, the account is at Navy Army Community Credit Union, and is listed under CGA Cheer. The account number is #1848411.