Fighting for the chief


By John Dobberstein, Editor

The family of a battalion chief at the Broken Arrow Fire Department is asking for help after the firefighter landed in the ICU with a serious illness.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of Jeremy Roberts, who was in the emergency room of a local hospital on Aug. 25 for what appeared to be heat exhaustion.

After treatment Roberts was sent home, but his symptoms became more severe the following day, the page says.

Roberts was sent by his first responder BAFD crew by ambulance to the hospital again and was admitted. Tests showed he was positive for strep and mono and he was in the beginning stages of sepsis.

He was moved into the ICU Aug. 27 to receive massive doses of antibiotics to help stop the infections from spreading into his heart, which was a main concern for his medical team due to a full valve replacement he received 8 years ago.

After being moved out of ICU last Friday, he was readmitted to the unit Saturday when his fever spiked and his breathing became labored

The family says Roberts’ lab results have begun to improve little by little, “but the infections have taken a toll on him. He has battled extreme fatigue and weakness, no appetite and fever.”

“Everyone knows medical bills are very high these days and with multiple days in the ICU, many CT scans and heart procedures, this is a very expensive stay for him. We want to show our love and gratitude by helping reduce this cost for them,” the GoFundMe page says.

“Anyone who knows the Roberts family knows how giving and selfless they are. They would never ask for anything at all but are always the first in line to help others. It’s now our turn to love on them and give back.

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