Salem Fire-EMS members cheer on fellow paramedic after 36-day hospital stay battling COVID-19

Published: Jan. 17, 2021 at 2:05 PM EST
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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - A Salem Fire-EMS paramedic left the hospital Sunday after a long stay battling COVID-19.

Salem Fire-EMS, Roanoke Fire-EMS and Roanoke County Fire and Rescue members cheered for Devin Turner, as he was wheeled out of LewisGale Hospital.

Some people also held up signs with sweet messages to congratulate him.

Turner, 40, spent 36 days in the hospital and was on a ventilator for 12 of them. He survived COVID-19 and now his fellow Fire-EMS members are here to show Turner how much they care.

“We see it every day on our ambulances, we’re running COVID calls, but when it hits one of our brothers, we want to make sure we show support for him and his family,” said John Prillaman, fire chief for Salem Fire-EMS.

Turner’s wife said he wants to thank the LewisGale staff for saving his life.

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