A local first responder is battling a severe case of covid-19 she contracted while seven months pregnant.
Lynn Carpenter and her husband, Austin, are both members of the Dryden Fire and Ambulance team. Lynn is a firefighter, and Austin, an EMT.
In fact, the whole Carpenter family — including the grandparents — are volunteer firefighters and EMTs.
After complications with the virus worsened, Lynn spent several weeks on a ventilator. She was forced to deliver via emergency C-section; nine and 1/2 weeks early.
Baby Dawsyn is doing well, and Lynn is slowly improving, but the bills are piling up.
The couple does have insurance, but the ventilator costs about $5000/day; on top of medications, surgery, hospital stays and lost work time for both.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.
Dryden Fire Department will also host a chicken BBQ benefit this Friday (October 1).
Full chicken dinners are 10$ and serving begins at 3:30 pm.