Hawaii paramedic injured in fatal rig fire recovering in burn unit

"Words are difficult to come by" the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services posted on Facebook

By Leila Merrill

HONOLULU — Paramedic Jeff Wilkinson, who was left critically injured when the ambulance he was in caught fire outside a hospital has been recovering at the Straub Medical Center Burn Unit, KHON2 reported.

The 91-year-old patient died.

The Honolulu Emergency Medical Services released a statement from Wilkinson’s family on Saturday.

“Although Jeff has a long and difficult recovery ahead of him, he’s progressing better than we expected. We look forward to the day that he’s able to return home. We ask that we’re given privacy as we help Jeff to heal and recover …” said the Wilkinson Ohana.

Wilkinson has worked for Emergency Medical Services for over 10 years.

An investigation into the fatal fire is underway.

A GoFundMe page has been started to raise funds for Wilkinson and his family.

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