Firefighter injured during wildfires improving

Firefighter injured during wildfires improving

13 May 2009

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USA — The family of an Iowa Tribe volunteer firefighter says he remains in an Oklahoma City hospital intensive care unit but is in good condition after several operations.

Sixty-year-old David Milby was burned over 26 percent of his body, receiving second- and third-degree burns on his face, arms and back while helping battle wildfires April 9 near Wellston.

Milby, the tribe’s fire training officer, and his partner and driver, Jeff Bayhylle, couldn’t flee the flames that blew over them when their brush rig got stuck in a field. Bayhylle was treated for injuries and released from the hospital later that day.

Milby’s stepson, Rocky Salim says Milby has undergone between six and 10 operations as part of the skin graft process and may be released from ICU in the next week or two.

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