Local firefighter now fighting for his life | ParkRecord.com

Local firefighter now fighting for his life

Nan Chalat Noaker, The Park Record

Park City is rallying behind a local family whose son was critically injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning in Peoa.

Saturday morning, Jeremy Morgan was riding his bike southbound on State Road 32 when he was struck by a bus from the Oakley School.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol incident report, the bus was traveling northbound on S.R. 32 and turned left onto the Brown’s Canyon Road in front of Morgan.

Morgan was thrown under the bus by the impact and suffered multiple injuries. He was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Utah Medical Center where, as of Monday, he was listed in critical condition.

According to Sergeant Jed Jorgenson of UHP, no one on the bus was injured. There were six students and school staff member, in addition to the driver, onboard at the time of the accident. The driver was cited for failing to yeild to oncoming traffic.

Morgan, who grew up in Park City, was recently named as Summit County’s assistant fire warden. He has served as a firefighter for both the county’s wild land fire crew and the North Summit Fire District.

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County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer described Morgan as outgoing and dedicated to helping people. "He’s a really cool guy and great at what he does."

Boyer, after visiting the hospital on Monday, said Morgan had undergone several surgeries for broken bones and was being closely monitored. "We just have to let the doctors do their job at this point," he said.

Boyer added that Morgan’s fellow firefighters and many others in the community are standing by to help the family in any way they can. "We have told the family, as they find any needs, let us know."

A website has been set up to update friends and family on Morgan’s condition and to begin raising funds for his medical expenses. Morgan’s brother describes him as "charismatic, witty, and selfless" also noting that he is "one of the most loved individuals in our small town."

The website is: http://www.youcaring.com/jeremy-morgan-359196#