Blood Assurance hosting blood drive for former Chattanooga firefighter
Blood Assurance is having a blood drive Monday to help former Chattanooga firefighter Shellie Thorne pay medical expenses.
Thorne was injured in an accident last July that left her paralyzed from the chest down.
For 19 years, she was a Chattanooga firefighter.
And every day, she put on the boots, the helmet and ran straight out the door to help people.
She even remembers every detail of the last fire she got to put out.
"I remember watching the sun come up that morning while we were there with the fire trucks set up. And just, saying a prayer and thanking God that I got to do it,” Thorne said.
Thorne said she hasn't let this accident stop her from enjoying life.
"It's a condition that can really get you down, down farther than you ever thought you would. But I could sit around all day and cry, and it's not gonna do any good. So, I just got to pick up and carry on with life the best I can,” Thorne said.
Even after the accident, she still gets to see the family she's built over the years.
"I miss my brothers and sisters. But, I'm still able to come back around and hang out once in a while. And they don't mind that,” Thorne said.
Back in September, the Chattanooga Fire Department had a benefit concert for her.
And after 19 years of being the helper, she's thankful she's getting help from the community she loves.
"It's very overwhelming. It's very humbling. And I honestly had didn't know they were going to do it. It's hard for me to accept the help because I was always the helper, but in this condition, you need help. You really do,” Thorne said.
The blood drive will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in front of the Chattanooga Fire and Police Training Center.
If you can't make it out to the blood drive, First Tennessee Bank is accepting donations through "Shellie’s Benefit Fund."