His name is Ryan. He is just a child. Ryan was on his way to batting practice with his dad a few days ago in DeSoto County when the unthinkable happened.
There are flowers now at the corner of the intersection where the accident happened.
"I'll be honest to tell you, Saturday when we made the scene, that young man lying there in the ambulance, knowing there was nothing you could do to help him broke my heart to tell you," said Sheriff Bill Rasco. "aThey were working on him until the wings got there to pick him up. I give it to them for saving that young man's life, he's doing better now but he's in a dangerous situation." Says Sheriff Bill Rasco.
The crash killed Ryan's father, Timothy, Ryan was airlifted to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.
Sheriff Rasco now wears a bracelet in support of Ryan.
MORE: Banding Together4 Ryan bracelets
"The guys wanted to do something," says Fire Chief Shawn Witt, with the Love Volunteer Fire Department.
The wreck happened in the Love community just south of Hernando. The Love Volunteer Fire Department responded to the wreck and has continued to respond ever since. They've started selling "Banding together 4 Ryan" bracelets, for $1. The Love firefighters have sold have sold 2,000 bracelets in the last week.
The money from the bracelets will go to help Ryan and his family.
"Little Ryan's parents were both nurses," Chief Witt said. "Obviously the fire department, our sheriff's department, our ambulance crews and the nurses at the hospital work together every day so he's part of the adopted family."
The bracelets have scripture on them, Psalm 41:3, "The Lord sustains them on their sick bed and restores them from their bed of illness."
You can order the bracelets through the Love Fire Department's Facebook page. If you go to the page you will even note that University of Memphis men's basketball coach Josh Pastner has ordered a large number of them.
Eight-hundred bracelets are currently pre-sold and their sales are spreading like wildfire.
"Our small community turned into the municipalities, now the entire county is supporting this little boy," Chief Witt said. "The Love Fire Department as will many others will continue to wear these bracelets until Ryan comes home."
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