Benefit planned to help firefighter’s family
October 4, 2010
Community members are rallying to support the family of a Kremmling mother who is in a coma at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver.
Rachel Wood, a part-time administrative assistant and former firefighter at the Kremmling Fire Protection District, was suspected of having a brain aneurysm upon going to the hospital in Kremmling for a migraine headache on Sept. 15.
She was flown to Denver and the following day doctors performed a 10-hour surgery to remove a ruptured brain tumor and to stop the bleeding. Since the surgery she has remained in a comatose state, according to recent reports from the family. Her condition is stable.
Wood’s husband, Kremmling Fire Lieutenant Aaron Wood, “has been by her side” the entire time, according to fellow firefighters.
The couple has three children, from 5 months to 8 years of age.
The family of a firefighter has moved into the Wood home in Kremmling to care for the children during this difficult time.
With Wood uninsured, the firefighting community is organizing an Oct. 7 benefit to help the family with mounting hospital bills.
“That family is the most amazing family,” said Rudy Garcia, a Kremmling firefighter. He pointed out each family member is rooted in Kremmling emergency services.
Rachel Wood’s father, Scott Spade, is Kremmling Police chief, and her mother, Michelle Spade, is a long-time Grand County dispatcher. Both are retired Kremmling firefighters.
“This family has forever donated to the community,” Garcia said.