Amber Trimble Benefit Fund

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Please help us help Amber! Here is her story...

On June 30, 2013, Amber Trimble joined the TCFD family as an Emergency Dispatcher in FireComm. Over the next few months she progressed rapidly through training and was nearing becoming a fully functional solo dispatcher when, on September 29, 2013, her world was turned upside down. After working a shift in FireComm, Amber and some friends took a motorcycle ride up towards Shaver Lake. The motorcycle she was on drifted into oncoming traffic and was struck head on, ejecting both of its passengers and bursting into flames. Amber was airlifted to CRMC in critical condition. The driver of her motorcycle did not survive. Their friends who were riding on another motorcycle were also transported to the hospital with injuries.

Amber suffered many broken bones, on all extremities, as well as her pelvis and ribs. Additionally she suffered internal injuries, including a collapsed lung. She was in the hospital for several weeks and has recently been released. Amber is now home where her healing has begun. Because of the external pins holding her pelvis in place, she is not able to sit up and is therefore bed ridden. It is expected that after 6-8 weeks she will be able to start bearing weight and physical therapy will begin to get her moving again. In addition to being bed ridden, both feet are also in casts. Due to the extent of her injuries, Amber is obviously not able to return to work for quite some time.

Unfortunately, Amber was still a probationary employee when this incident occurred. Thankfully her position is being held until she returns; however, because of her non-permanent status (regular employee), the county will not allow a vacation donation bank to be established for her. Amber is only receiving a portion of her income through California Disability Insurance (SDI). In the short time that Amber has been with FireComm she has proven to be such an asset; not just within FireComm, but also by helping to make the National Fallen Firefighter's Memorial Golf Tournament a success. She has proven to be a professional, generous, fun-loving, compassionate addition to FireComm and the TCFD family.

Amber's healing process will be a long one, both physically and emotionally as she lost a very dear friend to her in the accident. There is only so much that we can do to help her with the physical and emotional healing. The one thing we can help with is the financial burden being placed on her by not having her full income and having to pay for her Cobra Insurance (an over $500/mo expense she did not have previously).

We ask that you consider making a monetary donation to help relieve the financial burden Amber is bearing because of this tragic incident. All money will go directly to Amber and will be used to cover her Cobra Insurance as well as any other expenses she needs assistance with. No amount is too small, as any donations will help.
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A message from Amber:
I would like to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your help. I have now returned to work part time, and will be going back to full time next month. It really feels great to be back at work and slowly, but surely getting back to my normal routine.

Everyone's generosity has truly touched me beyond words. It has allowed me to be free from financial stress throughout the whole ordeal, which is a HUGE help.

From monetary donations, to flowers, to quilts, to cards and visits...I'm truly grateful for everything and cannot express it enough. I feel so blessed to be here, and to now be able to reach out to others in need, the way that everyone reached out to me.

Thank you all so much!

~Amber


I personally would like to thank each of you for making this fund raising effort a success far beyond our dreams. Your generosity has been amazing.
With all this said, and with Amber returning to work we are going to shut down the site.
May God bless each and every one of you.
Thank you.
Many blessings,
Jody
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I am SO pleased to share with you that through a ton of motivation and hard work, on Amber's part she has been cleared to come back to work a couple hours a day!!! We are SO thrilled to have her join us this week for a few days, a handful of hours each day (as much as she can handle, up to four hours)!!! She still has a lot of work to do but the progress she has made is unbelievable.
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for the amazing support you have provided Amber. It is so much more than I could have ever dreamt of and am grateful for each of you. I know that we blew Amber's mind and have really made her realize all the love and support she has.
Thank you each and every one of you.
Many Blessings,
Jody
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A MESSAGE FROM AMBER!....
Here's a little update on my road to recovery....

First off, I need to express my gratitude to everyone for all the donations. There are no words to express how grateful I am for the generosity of all the donors. Also, a very special thank you to Jody Adney and everyone at TCFD, not only for setting up this website, but also for the HUGE amount of moral support I've received. I definitely feel the love, and although this has been a trying time, I have never felt more blessed.

It has now been almost nine weeks since the accident. I am at home, but on still bed rest. Occasionally I get in the wheelchair and go outside,which I enjoy doing, but now with this weather change I'd prefer to stay indoors with the fireplace on, haha. I had a doctor appointment yesterday, I received some good news and some "not what I wanted to hear" news. I have an external fixator that holds my pelvis together, after reviewing the Xrays the doctor said that the bone isn't repairing itself as quickly as he had anticipated. This is most likely due to the extent of my injuries, my body has to work on repairing so many bones all at the same time, so it takes a little bit longer. The external fixator is tentatively scheduled to be removed the end of December. At that time I'll be able to bear weight on my right side, I'll still have to stay off my left foot for another 6-8 weeks, but even if it is only one foot, I'm looking forward to being much more mobile. The podiatrist replaced the cast on my left foot yesterday, (I wanted to be festive so I had them make it look like a candy cane) this cast will also come off the end of December. The cast has been removed from my right leg, and I'm starting physical therapy on the right ankle and right hand.

Most importantly, I am in good spirits. I have my faith and an amazing group of family and friends who have been and will continue to be there for me every step of the way. I'm blessed to have so many good people in my life.

Once again, thank you all for the support. I cannot wait to be able to pay it forward.....
~AMBER
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To simplify the sharing of Amber's story and fund page her site page has a simplified address: www.gofundme.com/Amber-Trimble-Fund
Please share with EVERYONE you know! Thank you for the support.
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Hank Seguin
63 months ago

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Raised by 55 people in 63 months
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HC
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HazelAnn and George Christin
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MD
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Matt Doney
60 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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Tabitha Hoback
61 months ago

Love you hooch!!

HC
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HazelAnn and George Christin
61 months ago (Monthly Donation)
TA
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Tulare County Firefighters Association
61 months ago (Offline Donation)

Best wishes for quick healing, Amber! We can't wait to have you back!

MD
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Matt Doney
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HC
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HazelAnn and George Christin
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63 months ago

Please read Amber story.

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