Miami Firefighters Showing Support for Injured Jamaican Firefighter

Firefighters in Miami are stepping up to lend a helping hand to a Jamaican firefighter badly injured in the line of duty.

Before arriving at the Ryder Trauma Center, the firefighter couldn't even move his fingers, now things are looking up.

For 37-year-old Tennyson McFarlane, life is about giving back, "I love serving, saving and protecting."

His passion became his career, serving as a firefighter in Kingston, Jamaica for 13 years. But everything changed last August when a propane explosion left him horribly burned.

"In Jamaica, one of the suggestions the doctor made was to amputate my pinky fingers," McFarlane said.

Just as he was preparing for the worst, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue answered the call. Retired Capt. Natosha Gonzales said, thanks to Jackson Memorial Hospital, therapy and surgery is now a reality for the first responder.

"We were leaving to go out the door and he tied his shoes. I know it sounds like nothing, but it is a huge deal for him," Gonzales said.

Therapy, surgery and a second chance.

If you'd like to help McFarlane, his family has setup a GoFundMe account to help raise money for his recovery.

In addition, a Reggae Night Fundraiser has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19 at the Fire Tower Catering Hall in Miami. It's located at 8000 Northwest 21st Street.

Tickets are $25 per person.

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