Patrick Schultz recovering at burn center. (Courtesy: Schultz family)
Patrick Schultz gets a visit from firefighter friends. (Courtesy: Schultz family)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Patrick Schultz is in good spirits as he recovers from severe burns after a fire plane crash that took place on Memorial Day in Florida.
"The Lord saved me for a reason and I'm doing my best to thank Him for it and just please Him," Schultz said.
Schultz - the pilot of the small plane - has had 14 surgeries and several skin grafts. Kathleen
Schultz, Nancy Moore and Nicholas Hoang - his mother, aunt and nephew - were on board but didn't make it.
"It has been overwhelming," Schultz said.
And although he suffered burns all over his body, those who support the well-known firefighter say he's a fighter.
"I love what I do and I love all the guys there. It's just a blessing to be able to work with so many good people," Schultz said.
He works at the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department in Greer. His gear still hangs where he left it.
"All the things the firemen have done, all the support that people- that I really don't even know- Churches praying, it is very overwhelming," Schultz said.
He's now preparing for rehab at the burn center.
"Basically, we'll just be working on physical therapy which is my main muscle groups and occupational therapy-which is kind of my fine tuned motor skills you know, picking up things," Schultz said.
His fellow firefighters are co-sponsoring fundraisers to help with expenses while he focuses on getting stronger. He says he's relying on his faith to get through the tough days.
"I know without a doubt that He, when He allowed me to get out of that airplane, that it was His will," he said.
Schultz said he's ready to get back to his gear and he hopes to be back home in about three weeks.
"I'll take the time now to thank everybody that has given me you know- just a prayer or anything they could financially," Schultz said.
Firefighters teamed up with members of an organization called the Greenville Area Chivers for an upcoming fundraiser.
The fundraiser will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at Quaker Steak & Lube in Greenville. The event will start at 8 p.m. and money raised will go to the Schultz family to help with medical expenses.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >