On Nov. 19, 2007 Jim Albritton was involved in a Jeep rollover accident at FS road 537 and pinned under the Jeep. Of the four occupants, Jim's injuries were life-threatening. The side of the road gave away and Jim was thrown out, down a wash and the Jeep landed on his left side. He had broken ribs and a punctured left lung, a open wound of the forehead and back of the head, broken right collarbone, two deep abrasions on his back, large cut on his right knee, and an open wound to the left forearm that was complicated.
Native Air transported him to Scottsdale Osborne Hospital, where he spent 25 days in ICU. Two surgeries and one skin graft was done on his left arm. He is having arm and wrist therapy to regain the use of the left arm. Six days after he came home, a gallbladder surgery was performed at the Payson Hospital. He is doing a lot better, thanks to all his friends for the calls, concern shown and especially the prayers for his recovery.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the special people that responded to help: GCSO Det. G.A. Ratliff, Undersheriff A. Shepherd, Lt. Scott, and Deputy R. Cronk, Payson Fire Department Brush Truck, Dave Pirtle and a special thanks to Chuck Jacobs of Diamond Star Fire Department, who used the winch on his vehicle to raise the Jeep off the victim. Thanks once again, and a Happy New Year to you all. Thank you!
Jim and Pat Albritton