Hundreds rally around injured firefighter during benefit concert

Posted at 11:41 PM, Jun 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-10 07:46:21-04

NEW KENT, Va. (WTVR) - Hundreds of friends and fellow firefighters turned out to Rockahock Campground in New Kent tonight to support the family of Michael Buchanan, the Charles City County volunteer firefighter who was seriously injured on duty last month.

Buchanan was driving a water truck to a house fire in Charles City County on May 20 when he lost control of the truck, flipping it. His injuries have kept him the hospital ever since.

"He's definitely holding his own," said Catherine Buchanan, Michael's daughter. "He's not quite in a coma but not quite with us as well."

Those in attendance were treated to live music and entertainment. However, all of the proceeds from the event were donated to the Buchanan family.

Michael's wife works part-time, but his time in the hospital has taken away the family's main bread winner.

Event organizers had hoped to raise $15,000 for the family. No word yet on the final count, but halfway through the day, organizers predicted they would exceed that goal.

Doctors tell the family that Michael is improving, but as with any traumatic brain injury, his long term prognosis is still unclear.

"Mike's got that heart. If he didn't, he wouldn't be where he is right now," said Jamie Graves, Assistant Fire Chief for Charles City County. "He's a fighter, and he's got a lot of heart."

If you did not attend the concert but would like to help out the Buchanan family, you can make a donation to an account set up by the family.

The account is with Citizens and Farmers Bank and is titled "For the Benefit of Mike Buchanan."