Volunteer Firefighters are the unsung heroes for the communities they serve.
Now Dunn Center residents are coming together in support for one of their own who suffered injuries in an accident.
For many people, volunteer firefighter Zach Pavilicek is a hero who helped save two people from a burning house last Winter.
” We were actually getting them away from the area when the roof collapsed. [You got a letter from Sen.Heidi Heitkamp?] Yes, it said thank you for going out of your way,” said Pavilicek.
However, Pavilicek’s life would change on a Summer night back in July, when he suffered a horrific motorcycle accident outside of Dunn Center.
“It all happened in a matter of five seconds. I was on the bike, and a few dings and crashes later I was staring up at a full moon, said Pavilicek.
He suffered injuries to his pelvis, leg and arm, and was immediately air lifted to Minneapolis,MInn, but when his family and friends came to visit him, he was same old Zach.
” He kinda looked at me and he was like . . . I’m good, and then we had other words I can’t say . . . It was pretty classic Zach, ” said Terry Sheetz, childhood friend.
To help out Zach with his expenses, the local community in Dunn Center is holding a medical fundraiser at the DC Pub & Grub on Sept. 30.
“I’d never thought I’d be 23 -years-old and have to have a medical benefit. Never did see this coming,” said Pavilicek.
” We are definitely looking into the money side of it, to help pay for his medical bills, and everyday living bills. We have a really great community here,” said Shasta Patterson, childhood friend.
Pavilicek is looking forward to getting back to work, but he is also looking forward to getting back on a motorcycle.
“It’s like getting back on the bull after you’ve gotten bucked off. Just gotta get back on it,” said Pavilicek.