BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - It was a show of generosity from the Mississippi Blue Knights for Bay St. Louis firefighter Michael Guitreau as they presented him with a check for more than $11,000 on Monday.
In April, Guitreau was seriously injured when he was hit while riding his motorcycle to work. Since then, different organizations have rallied together, hosting several fundraisers for the firefighter's recovery. The check presented on Monday is 100 percent of the proceeds from a benefit the Blue Knights hosted in June.
"It's amazing the way the community has come together to show support. The prayers, text messages, phone calls - it goes a long way," Guitreau said.
"These are the people who go out every day and put their lives on the line for us, whether it be police or fire or whatever. And it's nice to be able to give back to them in their time of need," said Robert O'Neal, President of the Blue Knights.
"Everybody just stepped up and did their fair share. Everybody feels for the young man, and his family and everything, and trying to make it right for him, and get him back to where maybe one day he can make it back as a fireman," said Bay St. Louis mayor Mike Favre.
Guitreau's road to recovery isn't over, but his fellow firefighters see every day as another day closer to his return.
"We can get him back on his feet, get him going here. That'll be great. That's the plan," said deputy chief Ronald Avery.
And with the continuous support of the community, Guitreau says he will continue pushing forward.
"It's a bad situation, but we're going to do the best that we can to make the best out of it. You know, my main goal is to get back on to one of these fire trucks," he said.
Guitreau says he hopes to begin working on walking again over the next few weeks.