The local Masonic Lodge presented a check for $16,000 to the Miami Fire Department Thursday to benefit a local firefighter and his family.
Bill Bunch has remained in a comatose state since he fell more than 40 feet from a Neosho River bridge last year.
The 39-year-old firefighter and emergency medical technician was one of four men who responded to a tractor-trailer fire on I-44 on the night of Nov. 13.
According to the accident report, Bunch apparently jumped over a guardrail thinking there was solid ground on the other side. He plunged several feet to the ground below.
Bunch has undergone several surgeries since his accident seven months ago.
“He will be coming home soon,” Miami Fire Chief Kevin Trease said. “He has been in rehabilitation for quite awhile and they are going to bring him home.”
Trease said Bunch's condition remains about the same - “he's in and out.”
The local Masonic Lodge co-sponsored a benefit dinner and auction earlier this year to raise money for Bunch and his family.
“The benefit dinner and auction was hosted by the City of Miami Utility Department, Fire Department and the Masonic Lodge,” lodge member Bob Ernst said. “About $8,000 was actually raised from the dinner portion and the lodge matched that with another $8,000.”