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Friend of rescued hiker: 'Those volunteers are heroes'


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A UK student who was badly injured in a fall while hiking is up and walking for the first time on Friday after brain surgery.

We're told 22-year-old John Davis fell from a rock face while hiking in Garrard County last weekend.

A Facebook page called "John Clay Davis and Family Support Page" has been created with information about Davis and how you can donate.

Status updates, photos, a place for everyone to post their prayers, and spread the word of how Davis, who is a UK student, is doing after a hiking accident.

"You get a chance to meet my best friend and fall in love with him like everybody else who has," said Taylor Foster, who created the Facebook page and is Davis' best friend.

Foster says Davis now knows of the Facebook page, and it's helping keep him positive.

"He tells me he thinks it's one of the coolest things to see how many people really love him and his family," said Foster.

Foster also made the Facebook page to help raise money but not for the family. It's for the volunteers who helped save Davis' life.

"It's gratifying and satisfying that somebody appreciates what these guys do day in and day out," said Dennis King, who is with the Jessamine County Fire District.

Dennis King is a board member with that fire district, but on Sunday, he was much more than that.

"I heard the call. And I know that area down at Jim Beam, so I went down there," said King. "It was just one of those things. It was just luck!"

The Davis family says all of the volunteers are more than rescuers, saying they are heroes.

"I was afraid he wasn't going to make it. And his mother told me last night that the doctors indicated that he was minutes from death," said King.

That's why the family is thanking them by splitting the donations between the all of the rescue teams.

"We really wanted to give back to the people who have given us back our best friend," said Foster.

Davis was released from UK Hospital around 4 p.m. on Friday. He is now home and comfortable, according to a family friend.

You can go to any Fifth-Third Bank to donate to the John Clay Davis fund.


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