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Solon man to safety forces: 'You are heroes to me'

By APRIL HELMS Reporter Published: May 24, 2017 12:00 AM
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TWINSBURG -- A Solon man involved in a serious motorcycle accident Aug. 31, 2015, offered his sincere thanks May 9 to several members of the Twinsburg police and fire departments for saving his life that summer night.

Todd Durancek, who sustained severe injuries following an accident along Interstate 480 Aug. 31, 2015, attended City Council's May 9 meeting, along with his three sons: Christian, 20, Kyle, 18, and Nicholas, along with other family members.

"I was unconscious for several weeks," Durancek said. His injuries head trauma, a lost finger and thumb and a severe laceration to his leg.

"The doctor told me when I got in that there was a 30 percent chance of survival. Every minute counted," he said.

Recognized were Ptl. Robert Waltz, Ptl. Matthew Pfeifer, Lt. Marcus Ketner, FF/Medic Jeff Hall, Firefighter/Medic Joe Schuerger, Firefighter/Medic Mark Miller, and Dispatcher Jennifer Wagner.

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"God had a plan, and you guys were a part of that plan," Durancek said. "You are all heros to me."

Durancek spent several weeks at Akron City Hospital, where he had been flown by medical helicopter.

Pfeifer, one of the first to respond to the scene, said that Durancek had no vital signs when they responded.

Son Nicholas said he was grateful to the first responders for helping save his father's life.

"As a son, I was 12 when this happened, and that's a point in your life when you really need your dad to be there for you, how to teach you how to grow up and handle the real world," Nicholas said. "If it weren't for you guys, I wouldn't have had that person in my life."

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