Cherokee County Fire
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Woman Who Was Injured in Four-Wheeler Accident Thanks Firefighters

July 18, 2018

A Cherokee County woman who received head injuries from a four-wheeler accident stopped by Station #2 in Ball Ground yesterday to thank the firefighters who responded to the call.

On the evening of June 29th, just shortly after 7 PM, Cherokee County 911 dispatched firefighters to an accident located in a pasture on Lower Dowda Mill Road in northern Cherokee County. Twenty-eight year old, Jessica McCoy was riding on her friend’s four-wheeler when the accident occurred.  According to Jessica, “I went down a hill and I saw rock boulders and when I came back up the hill, I couldn’t see them because of the tall grass, so I hit a big rock like a concrete slab.”

Cherokee County Firefighters arrived on the scene find McCoy with severe injuries to her head. According to Cherokee County Firefighter/Paramedic, Billy Pflugrad, “When we got there, she had a shirt wrapped around her head and I pulled the shirt back and I could see her skull.  We applied trauma dressing to her head and wrapped it up real good.  We kept assessing her because she could have had a brain injury or something that we couldn’t see.”  Firefighters placed McCoy in an ambulance and transported her to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

“I was freaking out the whole ride there because I was afraid that I would lose my memory,” added McCoy. McCoy arrived at the hospital and received two cat scans to see if her neck was broken.  She also received twenty-four staples down the left side of her head and twenty-three stitches down the front.

Yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock, McCoy and four of her children visited the firefighters to thank them for treating her. McCoy thanked the firefighters and said, “It could have been worse, but I felt like I was in good hands that day.”

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Firefighters who responded to the Jessica McCoy's accident that day were (left to right) Trevor Newberry, Sgt. Chase Wilbanks, McCoy with her son, Joshua, Gerald Wright and Billy Pflugrad.
Firefighters who responded to the Jessica McCoy's accident that day were (left to right) Trevor Newberry, Sgt. Chase Wilbanks, McCoy with her son, Joshua, Gerald Wright and Billy Pflugrad. (click image for slideshow)
McCoy shows Cherokee County firefighters, Gerald Wright and Billy Pflugrad, her scars that she received from the accident.
McCoy shows Cherokee County firefighters, Gerald Wright and Billy Pflugrad, her scars that she received from the accident.
The firefighters and Jessica McCoy share a laugh after talking about her accident.
The firefighters and Jessica McCoy share a laugh after talking about her accident.