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Injured paramedic's parents speak out

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The parents of 27 year old Jackson paramedic Jennifer Hesselbein talked about their critically injured daughter for the first time Tuesday. Hesselbein's AMR ambulance crew had responded to a call for help on Bullard Street July 31.

While treating an elderly man, a drunk driver slammed into them. Seventy-one year old Jessie Lee Thomas died. The paramedic suffered life threatening injuries.

"She knew the dangers and she loved it. She loved her job she loved helping people." said her father, Forest Hesselbein.

He told us Jennifer is making progress after 5 surgeries in 21 days. They said everything is pretty much fixable, it will take a lot of time and she is a very sick girl.  They declined to go into detail about her current condition and injuries.

Forty-four year old Robert Lee Howard,Junior, is charged with aggravated DUI death and aggravated DUI injury.

Jennifer Hesselbein's parents and her fiance are by her side daily. 

"We are pressing ahead. Just press on," said Hesserlbein. "We are optimistic she is going to come out of this. We are optimist people and she will recover."

Jennifer's parents have moved here from St. Louis. Her father retired when the tragic accident occurred.

They thanked everyone for the outpouring of support from the Monterey Fire Department where Jennifer volunteered, AMR her employer, to the people of Jackson for their kindness and in particular to UMMC hospital and staff who continue to care for their daughter.

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