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|Benefit fund established for Wink|
A benefit fund has been set up for a Ouachita Parish firefighter who recently was injured during a mowing accident.
A.J. Wink, 31, was injured Aug. 24, while mowing a yard on his off-duty day. His mother, Nisha Wink, said a mower flipped over backward as A.J. Wink steered it up an embankment. The mower pinned him to the ground, resulting in a broken back and spinal cord injury.
She said the Wink family is "deeply grateful to Mr. Ray Anding, who found A.J. in a ditch and aided him in calling for help."
She said A.J. Wink called his fire station on La. 557 and "the crew was on the scene in less than three minutes to rescue one of their own."
A.J. Wink's wife, Tara, a teacher at Woodlawn Elementary, was notified of the accident shortly after arriving at school.
A.J. Wink was then flown to LSU Medical Center's Shreveport Trauma Center where he underwent surgery. He remained in Shreveport until Sept. 9 when he was flown to Birmingham, Ala., where he will undergo extensive rehab for his spinal cord injury.
"Ironically, it was at this same medical facility in 2003 that A.J. had surgery to remove a brain tumor," Nisha Wink said. "He recovered and returned to work in record time. We have experienced firsthand the healing power, strength and peace that comes from our Heavenly Father. We trust that He will see us through this new crisis."
She said A.J. Wink looks forward to rotating visits from his family while in Alabama, especially from his 2½-year-old daughter, Emmaline.
"The cards that arrive often brighten his day," his mother added.
She encouraged anyone who wanted to write A.J. Wink to do so. Mail can be sent to: A.J. Wink, Room C302, 1717 6th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL, 35233.
People who wish to contribute to the benefit fund can make a deposit at the Ouachita Valley Credit Union. The account number of the benefit fund is 52811003.