Baldwin Fire Chief Joe Roy, 46, is recovering, at Emory Hospital, Atlanta, from injures he suffered when he was struck by a truck on Saturday morning.
Just before 11 a.m. on July 25, a 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup truck, driven by R.W. Nored, 70, Dahlonega, struck Roy while he was taking part in a boot drive in Habersham County.
The accident happened on Georgia Highway 384 (Duncan Bridge Road) at Mud Creek Road. Roy was standing on the centerline when Nored reportedly drifted over and the left front of his truck struck Roy from behind. The impact knocked Roy approximately 15 feet, according to the Georgia State Patrol report.
Roy was transported by Air Life helicopter to Grady for treatment of his injuries.
On Sunday afternoon at a news conference at the Baldwin Police Department, Baldwin Mayor Jerry Neace said Roy suffered a severe laceration to his right arm that cut his tricep tendon, a broken left shoulder blade, a severe gash in the back of his head and a minor tear in his spleen.
The accident is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.
Neace said Roy was helping with a boot drive to benefit the honor guard for public safety personnel.
“I want to thank all the departments that have stepped in to help,” Neace said.
Neace said the GSP, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Habersham County Fire Department, Hall County Fire Department, City of Cornelia, City of Demorest, Banks County Fire Department, and many others had offered their help and support since the accident.