Fundraiser started for injured firefighter

Posted at 11:12 AM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 12:12:01-05

An Omaha firefighter injured in a fire that destroyed a funeral home is still recovering.

Mike Terrell, an 18-year veteran with the Omaha Fire Department, was injured while responding to the Jan. 26 fire at Heafey, Hoffmann, Dworak, & Cutler funeral home at 78th and West Center Road.

Supporters have started an online fundraiser for him as he continues on the road to recovery. It has been shared by the First Responders Foundation and Omaha Police Department.

According to the GoFundMe page, Terrell will likely have to have surgery soon to repair crushed nerves in his neck.

“Since this is a work-related injury, medical costs are covered, but there are numerous out of pocket costs associated with his long-term recovery,” the description reads. “Mike’s wife Becky and children, Ben and Anna, have been taking time off from work and school to assist Mike with some every day activities.”

In two days, the fund, which has a goal of $5,000, has raised more than $1,000.

Two other firefighters were also injured in the funeral home fire.

According to the Omaha Fire Department, Brad Phillipi suffered a back injury while working to put the fire out from outside the building and William Young injured his foot while working of the roof.

One of the funeral home co-owners, Bill Cutler, was also injured.  He was treated for a wound on his head. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.



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