Daniel Lyon, the firefighter who suffered burns over 60 percent of his body, underwent his first surgery Friday at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.
Daniel Lyon, the firefighter severely burned while battling a blaze in Okanogan County, underwent his first surgery Friday at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.
Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said the 25-year-old Puyallup man remained in critical condition after attending physician Dr. Tam Pham removed damaged tissue.
Lyon, a seasonal firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, was burned over 60 percent of his body and three members of his crew — Tom Zbyszewski, 20; Andrew Zajac, 26, and Richard Wheeler, 31 — were killed when their truck was involved in an accident and overtaken by flames outside of Twisp on Wednesday, according to the Forest Service.
Lyon is unable to speak because he’s on a respirator, but is able to respond when spoken to, Gregg said.
Lyon also is a reserve officer for the Milton Police Department.
Milton Mayor Debra Perry and Police Chief Tony Hernandez visited Lyon at the hospital Thursday night.
“I was really a little apprehensive about going in,” Perry said Friday. “I didn’t want to intrude and in my mind I was like, ‘This man has burned 60 percent of his body and his chances aren’t good, ‘ ” Perry said Friday morning.
Perry said she was stunned when they walked in and Lyon raised his hand to high-five Hernandez when he heard the chief’s voice.
”He’s animated, I don’t know of another word. You’re looking at this young man with eyes swollen shut, respirator, bandages and he’s waiving his arms around. I’m blown away,” Perry said. “I think if he could smile he’d smile. I left there elated. This is a fighter.”
A gofundme page has been created on Lyon’s behalf to aid with expenses.