HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) -
Scotty Moore, the Harlan County Rescue Squad member severely burned earlier this month is improving some.
WYMT's Angela Sparkman talked to his dad on the phone who said they are blessed Scotty is still alive.
Scotty Moore, 21, remains hundreds of miles away from home in a burn trauma center in Augusta, Georgia.
"It's been a rough couple of weeks. It's been rough on all of us," said his father Scott Moore.
The Harlan County Rescue Squad Lieutenant was severely burned all over his body on December 12th during an explosion while he was working on a bulldozer.
His family is by his side in the hospital.
"As far as the holidays go, he's still alive and he's making progress. You know, we couldn't ask for a better Christmas present. He's still alive," said Moore.
Moore credits fellow rescue squad members for saving his son's life.
"I want to thank the guys who were there that night he got hurt. If it weren't for them, I don't think Scotty would have made it out of Harlan County," said Moore.
Harlan County Rescue Squad members are supporting him at home and raising money for his medical bills.
"I just want everyone to keep praying. He's such a wonderful person. He's always looking out for everybody else," said Juanita Cole, Harlan County Rescue Squad Member.
"We could never thank everybody enough. It's incredible. The folks there have gotten behind us and behind him and it's heart touching," said Moore.
The family says Scotty has a long road to recovery in 2014.
Harlan County Rescue Squad member Scotty Moore dedicated his life to helping others, but now he needs help.
He suffered serious burns last week during an explosion.
The rescue squad is coming together to help him through his recovery.
Scotty Moore is hundreds of miles away in a burn hospital in Augusta, Georgia. His fellow rescue squad members saved his life.
"I think of that boy as my own," said Captain Chris Allen.
Captain Chris Allen says 21-year-old Scotty Moore was laid off from his coal job. He did not want to move away from Harlan County, so he and some friends planned to start a logging business.
Last Thursday, they were working on a bulldozer when Allen says Moore put something in the fire barrel to stay warm, and it exploded and caught him on fire.
"I've been here 22 years. I've seen a lot of bad things but nothing compared to what I'd seen the other night," said Captain Allen.
The rescue squad spent four days with Moore in the Augusta, GA hospital until they came home on Monday night.
Allen says Moore has had four surgeries and another surgery is planned later this week.
Allen says Moore could be in the burn hospital in Georgia for one year.
The rescue squad is collecting donations for Moore to help with his medical bills.
"His whole life he has supported this community, been there for other people in their time of need. His family's been there for other people in their time of need. I'd really love to see a show of support for him, cause right now he's in their time of need," said Captain Allen.
An account is set-up at the Bank of Harlan for the donations. You can mail donations or take them to the bank.
"Scotty Moore Medical Fund"
P.O. Box 919
Harlan, KY 40831
Captain Allen says Moore can receive cards in the hospital but flowers and other items cannot be accepted due to his medical condition. A hospital employee will check all of Moore's mail to make sure he can receive it in his medical condition.
Cards can be mailed to:
Attention: Sherry Videtto
3675 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Suite 300
Augusta, GA 30909
A Harlan County Rescue Squad member burned in an explosion continues to receive treatment at a burn hospital in Georgia.
Rescue Squad Captain Chris Allen told us Scotty Moore, 21, underwent surgery on Monday at a burn trauma center in Augusta, Georgia.
Officials say Moore was injured Thursday night while working on a bulldozer. An explosion burned the majority of his body.
A Harlan County man is receiving treatment in a Georgia hospital.
Scotty Moore, 21, was burned during an explosion Thursday while working on a bulldozer.
He was airlifted to the Holsten Valley Medical Center, and is now listed as in critical condition in Augusta, Georgia.
Members of the Harlan County Rescue Squad and Moore's family are with him, and they say they are optimistic but still asking for support.
"He can't talk but he can answer and shake his head yes and no," said Harlan County Rescue Squad Captain Chris Allen, "He's doing really well as far as I can tell. They might do a second surgery today when they're done evaluating and everything."
A medical fund has been set up for Scotty Moore; if you wish to donate you may take or mail your donation to the Scotty Moore Medical Fund, The Bank of Harlan, P.O. Box 919, Harlan, KY, 40831.