PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Firefighters with the Bronston and Burnside volunteer fire departments are hurting and confused over the loss of one of their own, LaDonna Hurd.
"It's a sad day, a very sad day. It's like losing your sister. It's like losing your own sibling," said Robert Mounce, the Bronston Fire Department Treasurer.
He continued saying, "All of us, me and all my fire brothers and sisters, we're all kind of trying to wrap our heads around why and how. There's no explanation to it at all."
Hurd fell and hit her head last Wednesday while she was skating with her children at Sk8ter's Paradise in Somerset.
For the next week, the firefighters she volunteered with believed the 37-year-old could recover.
"You always have that hope. Everybody hoped hard, everybody prayed hard," said Mounce.
The community started immediately raising money by making “Team LaDonna” shirts to help the family pay for their travel expenses.
Then, Wednesday afternoon Hurd died at UK Hospital. Her family didn't want the specifics of her injuries released.
"Unfortunately she evidently hit her head in a one in a million shot and it ended tragically. You never expect going roller-skating with your kids to end like this," Mounce said.
He says Hurd had three children, her youngest is 16 and the others are over 18.
Mounce says Hurd also worked as a health care nurse and left her mark on everyone she met.
"Even on bad days she would move past it and always smiled, always laughed, she's just a giver," he said.
Now they plan to give her a hero's goodbye by escorting her body back to the community where they say she served selflessly.
The next fundraiser will be Saturday at O'Reilley's Auto Parts where they're having car wash to raise money for Hurd’s family.
The largest fundraiser will be at the Burnside Fire Department May 3.
If you're interested in one of the shirts, you can find details on the "Prayers For LaDonna!!!" Facebook page. You can also email Heather McClendon at firstname.lastname@example.org.