Motorcyclist thanks first responders for helping to save his life

Lillian Alexander and her son Elijah stopped by Clearwater Fire & Rescue May 22 to thank first responders who helped save his life after a motorcycle crash May 1, 2018 on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

CLEARWATER — May 22 was a special day for Elijah Alexander, and a special day for those who helped save his life just over a year ago, so says a post on Clearwater Fire & Rescue’s Facebook page.

Alexander was involved in a horrific motorcycle crash on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard on May 1, 2018. Clearwater Fire & Rescue crews happened to be nearby and heard the crash occur. They then assigned themselves to the call, according to the department’s post.

Arriving within moments, they found Alexander unconscious and unresponsive and they immediately began life-saving efforts .First responders designated Alexander as a trauma alert and Sunstar transported him to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where he spent the next three weeks.

Alexander then spent several more months in rehabilitation.

Alexander and his family members got to meet first responders from Clearwater Fire & Rescue and Sunstar on May 22. He shook hands with all of them and thanked them for playing a significant part in his road to recovery.

He laughed, he joked and he smiled. His parents hugged first responders and thanked them for their efforts to save their son's life.

"It's a wonderful day, a relief for me. It feels good to be here with all of the medics and personnel who helped save my son's life," said Elijah's mother, Lillian Alexander. "Thank you. Thank you for saving my son's life."

Clearwater Fire & Rescue are appreciative of Alexander’s visit, which happened to coincide with National EMS Week.

“There was no better way for us to celebrate EMS Week than to see Elijah doing as well as he is today,” the department said on Facebook. “So often we don't know what becomes of those we treat at scenes; we thank his family for sharing his amazing story with us.”