UPDATE: Chattanooga Fire Department Captain Shellie Thorne, who was injured in a July motorcycle crash, is "in good spirits," according to her coworker.

Several of Thorne's colleagues visited her Sunday. One of them, Lt. Tammy Wey-Saffles, wrote about the visit on Facebook:

Lt. Tammy Wey-Saffles and Captain Tom Montgomery made a visit to see Shellie at Shepherd Center Sunday 8/12/18. After much worrying, it was a nice surprise to see her sitting in a wheelchair, which the center provides while she’s there. She was in good spirits and had the "I can do this" attitude that has successfully brought her through the fire department for so long. She was independently able to maneuver herself around wherever she needed to go. She was her normal “Chatty Kathy” self, which was fantastic and as always making friends wherever she goes. That’s our girl!

Shellie is expected to come home September 18th briefly to get cleared for weight-bearing by her Orthopedic Surgeon, at which time she will return to Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

All of us (family, firefighters and friends) will need to start performing home modifications in stages. Initially we will need to prepare access to and from entry by building a ramp to the front door, and making bathroom modifications such as shower and widening doorways. If anyone knows companies or people who support, volunteer, donate or give grants to such causes, please reply via Facebook Messenger to Tammy Wey. Tammy is organizing and with the Chattanooga Fire Department to take care of Shellie's needs as much as possible.

In the near future, we will make t-shirts available for sale to the public to benefit Shellie Thorne.  We're still working out the details. Keep checking here for future updates. 


Lt Tammy Wey-Saffles

Channel 3 will keep you updated as we learn more about Thorne's recovery.

PREVIOUS STORY: A Chattanooga Fire Department captain was one of the people seriously injured in a Thursday night motorcycle crash.

Shellie Thorne, and a friend aboard her bike were injured in the collision with a vehicle at an intersection on Mayflower Road.

Fellow members of the Chattanooga Fire Department are stepping in to help their colleague by organizing a blood drive at the Fire Training Center for Monday, July 23, 2018, from 7:00am to 3:00pm to help the captain and her friend.

Donors should mention donor #571389. Those interested can also donate Saturday at Blood Assurance locations in Fort Oglethorpe, Cleveland and Gunbarrel Road from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., using the donor number.

The Firefighters Relief Fund will also be taking donations at First Tennessee Bank. Funds raised will be used to help defray medical expenses, expected to be extensive.

Those interested can make a monetary donation at any First Tennessee Bank, by letting the teller know it's for the "Chattanooga Firefighter Relief Fund."

PREVIOUS STORY: A crash that involved a motorcycle Thursday evening in Sale Creek left two people in critical condition.

It happened around 7:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of Mayflower Road.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea says the driver of vehicle failed to yield and turned in front of the motorcycle.

The two people on the motorcycle are in critical condition at a local hospital.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Lea says the investigation is ongoing.

No names have been released.

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