Commonwealth Journal

April 17, 2014

Local firefighter dies from injuries suffered in fall at skating rink

by Heather Tomlinson
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — The community’s move to rally around a local volunteer firefighter, nurse, and single mother injured while roller skating has taken on a more tragic note.

LaDonna Hurd died at around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Kentucky Hospital, exactly a week after she fell while roller skating with her three children at Skater’s Paradise in Somerset.

“We all thought she would get better,” said Robert Mounce, with the Bronston Volunteer Fire Department. Mounce has served alongside Hurd on the department for more than a year.

“It’s a tragic accident,” Mounce added.

Hurd is also a firefighter with the Burnside Volunteer Fire Department, and she worked as a home health nurse. Hurd was a “very dedicated mother,” Mounce said, raising her three children — a daughter, 19, a son, 16, and a foster daughter, 18 — as a single parent.

Mounce has compared the bond between firefighters a “brotherhood,” and he said that brotherhood has “had a tough time” in dealing with Hurd’s death.

Hurd’s fellow firefighters, family members, and friends rallied around her and her family after Hurd was injured. After Hurd fell and hit her head, she was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital to be checked out. No one thought Hurd had been severely injured. But soon, the situation turned much more serious. Hurd was stabilized and taken to UK, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma while doctors worked to control the pressure in her skull.

According to information posted to the “Prayers for LaDonna” Facebook page, Hurd had suffered brain hemorrhages and other injuries in the fall.

Mounce and several others, including Heather McClendon, with Ferguson Fire Department, began pulling together a number of fundraisers to go toward Hurd’s medical expenses and her family’s travel and eating expenses.

Now, although Hurd has passed away, those fundraisers are still on.

“All the fundraisers, as of now, are still planned as scheduled,” said Mounce.

Mounce pointed out that Hurd’s funeral arrangements, which aren’t yet set, may require a change of plans. Mounce said followers can stay updated on the fundraisers by visiting the “Prayers for LaDonna” Facebook page, which as of Thursday afternoon had 2,629 followers.

A car wash is scheduled for this Saturday, April 19, at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, located on U.S. 27 next to Sonny’s. Mounce said any and all donations will be accepted.

And on May 3, a yard sale will be held at the Burnside Fire Department, with a hot-dog lunch for $5 per plate scheduled for 11 a.m. that day. After that, a motorcycle ride called “Helmets for Hurd” will kick off at 12 p.m. Mounce said that Hurd’s family asked that all riders be required to wear helmets.

The fee is $20 per motorcycle.

After that, a baked goods auction will be held, and Mounce said they’re accepting food items as donations for the auction.

And McClendon has spearheaded a T-shirt fundraiser. Those who wish to purchase “Team LaDonna” T-shirts can order through the “Prayers for LaDonna” page or by emailing Small through extra large shirts are $12, 2XL shirts are $13, and 3XL shirts are $14.

All proceeds from the fundraisers will go to Hurd’s family.

“It will go to however they (Hurd’s family) see fit,” said Mounce.

A fund for Hurd and her family has also been set up at Citizens National Bank.