Folsom Rallying Around Firefighter Eric Williams
Feb 09, 2015 05:28PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Folsom firefighter/paramedic Eric Williams was severely injured Jan. 6 while running on a trail near Folsom Lake Crossing. (Photo courtesy of Updates for Eric Williams blog)
The city of Folsom continues to rally around one of its own.
Folsom firefighter Eric Williams was critically injured while trail running Jan. 6 near Folsom Lake Crossing. After being hit from behind by a bicyclist, Williams spent about two weeks in a coma and continues his recovery from severe brain injuries today.
According to a blog set up to track his progress, Williams is now walking without assistance, building his core strength and playing dominoes.
“With each passing day goals are set, a plan is executed and accomplishments are achieved,” the blog says.
Since the accident, a number of community fundraisers have brought thousands of dollars in aid to the Williams family. The biggest effort is a Go Fund Me Page that to date has raised over $12,000.
The community also came out in full force Feb. 4 to a Firehouse Subs fundraiser in which the restaurant donated 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Williams Family.
Another Go Fund Me fundraiser is being run by Folsom City Council candidate Roger Gaylord. Gaylord is raffling an IPad Air with all proceeds to benefit the Williams family. As of Feb. 9, the fundraiser totals about $3,000. Gaylord said his goal is to raise $7,500.