AMR paramedic nearly killed in line of duty will finally say 'I - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

AMR paramedic nearly killed in line of duty will finally say 'I do'

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An invitation to Jennifer and Andrew's wedding Source: AMR An invitation to Jennifer and Andrew's wedding Source: AMR
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An AMR paramedic, who almost lost her life in the line of duty, will finally have her big day.

You might remember a story we did last year of AMR paramedic, Jennifer Hesselbein, who was struck by a car while stopping to help a patient who had been hit by another car. 

44-year-old Robert Howard Jr. was driving a Nissan truck when he crashed into Hesselbein and Jessie Thomas at Bullard Street and Gymnasium Drive in Jackson.

Hesselbein and EMT Jonathan Blackwell had been driving by in an ambulance and stopped to help 71-year-old Jessie Thomas, who had just been hit by a red Chevy Impala.

Thomas had suffered a broken arm in the wreck.

As Hesselbein tended to Thomas, a Nissan truck driven by Howard collided with them, according to court room testimony.  

Hesselbein's partner yanked her away from the path of the oncoming vehicle, but had no time to save the patient.

Thomas was killed in the second crash, and Hesselbein sustained serious injuries. 

She spent months at UMMC and weeks more at Methodist Rehab Hospital and remains in out-patient physical therapy to this day.

She lost her left eye and has undergone 30 surgeries. Last month, the lower part of her leg was amputated. 

Prior to Hesselbein's accident, which caused multiple life-threatening injuries, she was engaged to be married to another AMR team member, paramedic Andrew Aycox. 

Finally, the couple is getting married on Saturday, October 4 at Heart of Pines.

We will have much more on the marriage of the two paramedics this weekend.

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