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Fundraiser underway for Ithaca firefighter paralyzed in fall

Zach Weber, 30, and an Ithaca firefighter, was paralyzed after falling 25 feet from a tree stand and landing on his back.

Weber has been hospitalized with severe spinal injuries. He also works as an EMT in addition to being a firefighter for the Ithaca Fire Department. In the past he has worked for the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. While enjoying his free time, he works as a physical training instructor for the New York State Fire Academy. He enjoys hunting and fishing.


Weber fell on November 9 while climbing down from his tree stand, according to the President of the Fire Association of Ithaca. His family is working to raise enough funding to get him into one of the best spinal cord rehabilitation centers in the country. Their hopes are to help him regain his mobility, according to WENY News.

After the fall, Weber’s girlfriend, an emergency room nurse, went looking for him when he did not return home. He was flown to Upstate Medical University and is being treated for a spinal cord injury. He’s currently in a quadriplegic state.

Donations can be made through a Spot Fund page set up by Weber’s family. So far they have raised $29,323 of their $35,000 goal.

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