Firefighter left paralyzed by accident

Published 6:00 am Monday, March 1, 2004

A Gloster volunteer firefighter injured when the fire truckoverturned Sunday while responding to an emergency call isrecovering, according to his family.

James “Yogi” McCurley, 47, was paralyzed from the waist downfollowing the accident, which happen as the truck was negotiating aturn on Kahnville Road

His spine was bruised and six vertebrae damaged, said FrankMcCurley, Yogi’s brother.

Surgical procedures conducted Monday to replace the vertebrae bybone graft and a metal plate appear to have restored some of hismovements, Frank said.

“He has got some feeling back in his legs,” Frank said.

Yogi was being moved to a rehabilitation facility Friday, Franksaid. He has been at the University Medical Center since theaccident.

Frank said the doctors have not given any indication how longthe rehabilitation may take, or how successful it may be.

Gloster Ward Five Alderman Elliot Davis, 51, was killed in thesame accident after being partially ejected from the fire truck hewas driving. Both men were volunteers with the Gloster VolunteerFire Department and were responding to an emergency call at thetime of the accident.

According to Rod Crawford, public relations officer with theMississippi Highway Patrol, Davis lost control of the truck on acurve approximately seven miles southeast of Gloster at 3:19 p.m.Sunday.

Davis, an alderman of Gloster for 11 years, was pronounced deadat the scene.

McCurley, a passenger in the truck, was first transferred toField Memorial Hospital in Centreville then later to UMC.