Muskogee man showered with love after being severely burned


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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 1/28 10:21 pm Published: 1/28 10:19 pm


Burning trash nearly cost a Muskogee County man his life.

He suffered third-degree burns over most his body.

FOX23 went to Muskogee where the community is coming together to help the new father and his family.

Joshua Girty and his girlfriend had a baby less than two months ago and now, through social media, friends and even strangers are trying to help Girty and his family.

"He is fighting for his life but he is doing really well considering the condition that he's in," said Carlie Whorton, Girty's friend.

Whorton's boyfriend works with Girty and has started a go-fund-me site to help Girty's family.

Girty is the sole provider for his growing family.

For the next three weeks he will be in an induced coma at Hillcrest Hospital recovering after a horrific accident last Friday at his home.

"He was outside burning trash and something had exploded while he was burning trash and the fire jumped from the trash barrel to him.

It’s something he had done day in and day out and now he's in this condition," said Whorton.

Girty rolled to put the fire out, but it wasn't enough.

The flames engulfed him.

He was flown by helicopter to the hospital with third-degree burns all over his body except for his feet.

Girty's coworkers at Union Pacific now wear stickers on their helmets to show support.

The donations have also poured in the last three days on go-fund-me, exceeding the original goal of $1,000.




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Mayor Maynot - 1/29/2014 12:08 AM
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That much experience. It makes you wonder how anything like this could happen. As a child I burned a burn barrel in my back yard and never had a problem like that.
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