Kentucky firefighters honor hiker who fell 100 feet and survived

Published 9:40 pm Sunday, May 22, 2022

A Kentucky fire department has honored a hiker who survived a fall of more than 100 feet and nearly died.

The Lexington Fire Department honored Joshua Alexander during its annual awards ceremony Saturday, WKYT-TV reported.

Alexander spent more than four months in a hospital after he fell during a hike in July and broke ribs, his legs and pelvis, and suffered other injuries. After nearly two additional months of rehabilitation, Alexander has made an almost full recovery from his injuries.

“It was just horrific,” Alexander said. “They told me that I probably wouldn’t walk for a year to a year and a half but with God and determination, at six months, I wasn’t walking perfect … but I was walking.”

Alexander said he’s thankful and appreciative for the work firefighters do for their communities

“These men and women do a lot for us on a daily basis that we don’t even see,” Alexander said. “Sometimes we just get aggravated because we hear the sirens coming up behind us, ‘oh no I can’t go.’ But no, they’re literally saving someone’s life … such as mine.”