One week after a crash of a Las Vegas fire engine responding to a fire alarm on the city's Northwest side, a 13 year veteran of the department remains hospitalized with injuries sustained during the one vehicle accident. A fund to help the firefighter with mounting medical expenses has been established by his family.
Thelonious "Theo" T. Adams, 39, is still in the Trauma Unit at University Medical Center. His is listed as resting comfortably according to a family spokesperson. Because of his condition, visitation has been limited to only a few hours each day. His exact injuries have remained confidential at the family's request. There is hope the fire captain will be moved to a rehabilitation center within a week or two.
On Wednesday evening over 200 people attended a candlelight vigil outside the hospital in support of the fire captain. A bank account has been set up for Captain Adams through the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association. Donations can be made at any Washington Mutual Bank branch in the name of the Theo Adams, Account # 3802028361, or they can be sent to P.O. Box 36363, Las Vegas, 89133.
Three other firefighters also sustained injuries during the accident, they were treated and released. The accident occurred on the exit ramp to Rainbow Boulevard from U.S. 95 northbound. The truck flipped on its left side in a steep curve while responding to a reported smoke odor in a nearby apartment complex. The call turned out to be a false alarm.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Nevada Highway Patrol. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. The truck was extensively damaged in the wreck.