Hancock County

A Bay firefighter and father of 4 seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Michael Guitreau
Michael Guitreau Bay St. Louis Police Department

A Bay St. Louis firefighter is in surgery after being involved in a serious crash Wednesday morning.

Fire Chief Monty Strong said Michael Guitreau, 28, was on his motorcycle traveling south on Mississippi 603 near the Kiln-Waveland Cutoff Road at 6:56 a.m. when a vehicle pulled out in front of him.

Guitreau was taken to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and went into surgery about 11:30 a.m.

Strong said the father of four had his spleen removed. Doctors have already repaired his left leg and were operating on his right leg, which he said had breaks around the knee and ankle. He said Guitreau also suffered a fractured pelvis, facial swelling and several other injuries.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family," Strong said. "He's a part of our brotherhood."

As of right now his injuries are not believed to be life threatening, Strong said.

As word spread of the firefighter's injuries, the Waveland Fire Department also sent their thoughts to the man.

"Hang in there brother! We got you!" the post said in part.

Diamondhead and Gulfport are among the other fire departments that have reached out with support, Strong said.

Bay St. Louis Police Chief Gary Ponthieux said the driver of the car was not injured. He said the crash is under investigation.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs