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Local EMT back home after months of rehabilitation

Posted: 6:42 PM, Nov 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-24 23:21:22-05

WEST MICHIGAN --  After 15 weeks in the hospital, a local EMT is finally back home with his family after a crash left him in critical condition.

Tim Hoffman, an 11-year veteran of American Medical Services, was on the job in August when an alleged drunk driver hit his ambulance. The impact caused severe brain injuries and multiple broken bones in Hoffman's face. Two others were injured in the crash, but were released shortly after. His co-worker, Becky Briggs, says it's a night she will never forget.

"Our paramedics were the ones to respond to the call, which was devastating in itself," said Griggs.

Tim underwent multiple surgeries followed by weeks of intensive physical therapy, learning how to walk and talk again. His pastor, Paul Wernlund, says his recovery is far from over.

"Tim is still dealing with some eye problems, and he had surgery last week to replace a piece of bone in his skull to protect his brain," Wernlund said.

Friends say the support has been overwhelming. Concert benefits, silent auctions, and a GoFundMe page have raised thousands of dollars towards Tim's medical bills. Now, more than three months later, Tim is finally home.

"We owe it to God to where he is today," Griggs said.

Time was able to thank his doctors and nurses for their help as he walked out of Mary Free Bed Wednesday. A procession of ambulances led him and his wife Kristen to their home.