SARALAND, Ala. (WALA) - Saraland firefighters and EMS workers are spear-heading an effort to raise money for Summer Moody's family.
The teenager was critically injured April 15 when she was shot in the head on Gravine Island. She remains in critical condition at USA Medical Center in Mobile.
Extended, extended family
Her family remains at her side, and friends and supporters are trying to help out.
The paramedic who would have normally responded to an medical emergency call at the Saraland Fire Department on a regular Sunday afternoon wasn't on duty.
He's beside the bed of an injured 17-year-old at USA Medical Center.
Jason Lewis keeps vigil beside his stepdaughter Summer Moody while she continues to fight for her life.
The tragedy that left the teen with a bullet wound to the head has also affected Lewis' fellow firefighters.
"It's a family. We're here with one another 24 hours at a time, so it's just like another family away from home," Captain Ronnie Reynolds said.
Reynolds said there has been no shortage of volunteers to cover for Lewis while he's out.
"Some of the guys have volunteer to work for him so he doesn't have to burn all of his time," Reynolds said.
'The Summer Moody Fund'
Chris Mooney said the "extended family" want to do all they can to help one of their own, so they started the Firefighter's EMS fund for Moody's family.
"We just kind of wanted to get to together so that people could contribute and help donate for medical expenses, or anything that they have come up," Mooney said.
Mooney said they also want to organize other fund-raising efforts in the coming weeks, including a softball tournament.
In the meantime, the firefighters will continue to cover for their coworker, and pray for his family.
They also hope the community will help with donations to the Summer Moody Fund; you can donate at any Regions Bank.
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