New Miami firefighter seriously hurt in crash released from hospital: ’I’ve been blessed’

New Miami Fire Department host fundraiser for firefighter involved in head-on collision

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (FOX19) - A Butler County firefighter seriously injured in a head-on crash is out of the hospital and recovering with family.

New Miami firefighters shared the new development about one of their own, Dustin “Dusty” Cook, on the department’s Facebook page late Tuesday.

Up Date from Dusty. I just wanted to thank everyone for the support and prayers! I got discharged today...

Posted by New Miami Fire Dept on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Last week, New Miami firefighters hosted a fundraiser to help Cook, 35, pay his mounting medical bills as a result of an Aug. 22 crash on Stahlheber Road near Gene Avenue. His 9-year-old son was in the car with him at the time but is fine.

Cook had his spleen removed and was on a ventilator at one point, according to updates fire officials shared on Facebook.

The crash report from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office says Cook was involved in a head-on collision on Friday, Aug. 21 around 9:30 p.m. in Hanover Township.

The report says a pickup truck was westbound on Stahlheber Road when it crossed the centerline and hit Cook’s car which was eastbound approaching the intersection of Stahlheber and Gene Avenue.

The pickup truck rolled over and ended up partially in the westbound lane of Stahlheber.

Cook’s car went off the right side of the road and hit a parked vehicle before it came to a stop in the yard of a home in the 1700 block of Stahlheber.

The crash report indicates the 26-year-old driver of the pickup truck was suspected of using alcohol.

The report says he refused both alcohol and drug tests.

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