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Community will hold fundraiser for Rensselaer Falls fireman

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RENSSELAER FALLS — Friends and family will gather together Sunday to raise money for a volunteer firefighter after an accident made him unable to support his family.

Jason Meashaw was severely injured when he was thrown from his motorcycle when its front wheel locked up during a test drive less than a mile from his home in Rensselaer Falls on May 4. A jamboree will be held beginning at noon Sunday in Nig’s Tavern, 803 State St., Ogdensburg.

The cover charge is $7 per person, $10 per couple.

A Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes will be available. Music will be provided by Impulse.

Following his accident, Mr. Meashaw was airlifted to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., where he was treated for a broken back, neck and several ribs.

Mr. Meashaw was not wearing a helmet at the time.

“As his wife, I was annoyed that he wasn’t wearing his helmet,” Stacy M. Meashaw said. “But doctors said that a helmet would have probably increased the severity of the break in his neck, so I am glad he didn’t.”

Mr. Meashaw, who is out of the hospital, must travel to Burlington several times a month for treatments.

“We don’t know how long it will take,” Mrs. Meashaw said. “He’s very sore, restless and tired. Everything you can think of, he is going through it. We’re just glad he is here and with us. It was a really close call.”

Because of his debilitating injuries, Mr. Meashaw is unable to return to work at Dean Concrete, Lisbon.

Without Mr. Meashaw’s income, the family, which includes children Jacob, 12, and Brooke, 11, is having a difficult time keeping up with his health care bills and transportation expenses.

“His work is physically demanding,” Tanya Eaton, a family friend, said. “He doesn’t know when he will be returning back to work, but your back has to be in good condition to lift those forms, which can way up to 400 pounds.”

Mr. Meashaw had no medical insurance at the time of the accident.

Mr. Meashaw, who was raised in Lisbon but moved to Rensselaer Falls, has served on the Rensselaer Fire Department for three years.

“It upsets him that he can’t go on calls,” Mrs. Meashaw said. “That’s the kind of guy he is, he just wants to work.”

Upon hearing the community was rallying together in her husband’s honor, Mrs. Meashaw said she was grateful.

“We are so appreciative of everyone’s efforts,” she said. “I know there are people out there that must need it more than we do. We’re just so glad for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”

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