Event Planned for Bibb Firefighter Struck by Car on I-75

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Sgt. Eric John has spent more than 20 years with the Macon-Bibb Fire Department helping others.

"That's his main vocation in life is being able to be there for people to help them," says his sister, Cookie Rhyne.

On July 11th, Sgt. John was working the scene of an overturned car near the Sardis Church Road exit of I-75 north.

They had just finished clearing the scene, and John was standing in the emergency lane talking with a deputy, when a car driven by a Warner Robins teenager swerved into the emergency lane and struck him.

"It was like he just disappeared," Rhyne said.  The 250-pound, 6 ft. 2 in. man flipped in the air before landing on the highway.  He was taken away in critical condition.

Since then, John has been facing a long road to recovery.  It's why John's friends and colleagues are working to organize an event to raise money for him.

The group has been meeting at the Jones County Fire Station #8 to hammer out the details.

They're looking to have a day on September 14th where they'll have a benefit ride, BBQ, silent auction, and sell T-shirts.

So far, the shirts have gained attention from Connecticut to Afghanistan and people express support for John.

"It's been overwhelming," says Rhyne.

If you would like to support their event, you can contact Liana Rogers at (478) 501-3479, or visit their Facebook Page called "Prayers for Eric John."

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