Firefighter loses leg

Published 4:17 pm Monday, May 17, 2010

By Eason Franklin
The Lowndes Signal

A Lowndes County firefighter lost his leg in a recent accident after getting it caught in the cutter of his tractor.

Robert Hrowski, a volunteer with the Mosses Volunteer Fire Department, was ejected from the tractor he was driving while doing subcontracting work to cut right-of-ways. The machine got stuck on uneven ground, according to EMA Director Walter Hill.

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Emergency workers air lifted Hrowski to Baptist Medical Hospital in Montgomery after finding him with his leg partially amputated.

Hrowski was rushed to emergency surgery where doctors amputated his leg up to the knee.

Hill commented on the former firefighter’s “good spirits” throughout the whole situation.

“Robert has refused to be put in a wheelchair and insists on using a walker to get around,” said Hill. “You can’t keep him down.”

Hrowski is expected to be released to physical therapy next week after doctors perform additional tests.