Claremore (OK) Firefighter Recovering After Attempt to Save Friend

Visitation for fallen firefighter Captain Jason Farley started Wednesday and will resume 8:00 Thursday morning at Rice Funeral Home in Claremore, reports

As people pay their respects to Farley, the firefighter who tried to save him is back in the hospital, and other firefighters say he has a long road to recover, both physically and mentally.

Lieutenant Zane James is at St. Francis hospital and is doing much better, and while he recovers the community and fellow firefighters are making sure he has the support he needs.

As flags fly at half-staff in Claremore, and as the memorial for Farley grows outside the fire department, James is struggling to recover.

He was injured in floodwater while trying to save Farley, but the strong current sucked him into a storm pipe.

“Before coming out of the storm pipe he actually gasped, kind of a last gasp, and got quite a bit of water in him,” said Chris Hayes with the Claremore Fire Department.

He was trapped in the drainage pipe for about 100 yards.

“He’s not ok. He’s dealing with some internal issues, some health issues that have come from the cause of this accident, and we are hoping and praying for a full recovery,” Hayes said.

James was released from the hospital Monday but was readmitted. Firefighters say he may have left the hospital too soon because of his desire to be there for Farley’s family.

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