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Gulfport firefighter thankful for prayers, concern after accident

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK HEADRICK Gulfport firefighter Mark Headrick, 61, suffered serious injuries in an accident Saturday at the fire station on 41st Street. Headrick is pictured here with Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt, right, in his room at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans on Sunday.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK HEADRICK Gulfport firefighter Mark Headrick, 61, suffered serious injuries in an accident Saturday at the fire station on 41st Street. Headrick is pictured here with Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt, right, in his room at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans on Sunday.

GULFPORT -- A Gulfport firefighter says he will undergo surgery Tuesday or Wednesday for repairs to his jaw that was broken in several places in an accident at the fire station on 41st Street on Saturday.

"I'm very surprised by all the attention I'm getting," Engineer Mark Headrick, 61, told the Sun Herald on Sunday night. "I'm doing real good. I'm supposed to get some plates in my face and get all fixed up."

A firefighter was attempting to back a fire truck into Fire Station 5 when the truck veered off center and Headrick ended up pinned between the fire engine and a door facing, Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt said.

The impact left Headrick with a large cut in the back of his head and his jaw broken in several places.

Firefighters provided first aid to Headrick until paramedics arrived and took him to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport for treatment.

He has since been transferred to LSU Medical Center in New Orleans.

Since the 9:30 a.m. Saturday accident, Headrick said he's received an outpouring of support from the community.

"I just want to tell everyone thank you," Headrick said. "The prayers are working."

Fellow firefighters and residents took to social media to offer their support and concern for Headrick and his family.

"We are hoping for a quick and speedy recovery for Mark after surgery," Beyerstedt said.

Headrick, a veteran firefighter with 21 years at the Gulfport department, was in stable condition Sunday.

To help Headrick and his family with expenses, donations can be made to the Gulfport Firefighter's Fund.

Call 868-5959 for more information.

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