On Thursday, June 13, 2019, Captain Josh Poore of the Hendersonville Fire Department was off-duty and mountain biking on Bent Creek Trail in the North Mills River area. He was in a serious accident involving an incomplete spinal cord injury and was unable to move his arms or legs. Skyland Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and Josh was transported to Mission Hospital. Josh underwent a surgery that fused his spine at C3 and C4 and was in the ICU for ten days before being moved to a step down trauma unit. Josh has regained movement in his legs but is still currently unable to move his arms. On June 28, he was transported to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, a facility specializing in rehabilitation for patients with spinal cord and brain injuries.
Captain Josh Poore was honored as the 2018 Officer of the Year for the Hendersonville Fire Department. He has served as a Hendersonville firefighter since 2007 and was selected for the honor based on his support of the department’s mission and his ability to create an environment for those he supervisors that promotes training, fitness, ownership and personal growth. Three weeks ago, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Fire Administration.
Josh served in the Army Reserves for eight years which included a 15-month tour in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He left the service as an E-6 Staff Sergeant with his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) as a Construction Engineering Supervisor.
Josh married his high school sweetheart, Ashley, and they have been married for eighteen years. They have three sons: River, age 10; Logan, age 8; and Brody age 5. Josh is a former CrossFit coach and passionate about weightlifting. He enjoys spending time with his kids playing soccer, basketball, riding dirt bikes and anything outdoors.
Josh’s family is thankful for the miracles God has provided, but know Josh has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Donation options and fundraisers are being organized to assist with Josh’s medical costs and to cover travel and housing costs for Josh’s family as they travel back and forth to Atlanta while he is rehabilitating at the Shepherd Center.
Josh is a military veteran who served his country and returned home to serve his community as a firefighter. Now, it is our time to give back to him in a small way.