Austin firefighter remains in coma week after accident


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on June 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 7:54 PM

AUSTIN -- A South Austin establishment found a unique way to honor an Austin firefighter currently fighting for his life after a hit and run driver struck him from behind on his bicycle. 

Aaron Taylor, a bartender at Benders Bar and Grill on Ben White in South Austin says he took about an hour to create a mural on the business’ back fence. The painting has an Austin Fire Department badge with Colin Camp’s name at the top, and it says, “To our friend and hero. All of our love! Get well soon.”  

“Every time I walk out, it's like the first thing you see coming out the door. It's always a reminder. It kind of humbles you, you know?” said Taylor to KVUE Tuesday. 

Austin firefighter Colin Camp, 33, was riding in the shoulder on south Manchaca around 4 p.m. Tuesday June 18, when he was hit from behind. 

Driver Stephen Murphy told Austin police that he took an Ambien, a prescription sleep aid, two hours before he got behind the wheel. 

Officials with the Austin Fire Department told KVUE News on Tuesday that Camp remains in a coma at University Medical Center Brackenridge. 

They posted the following statement on the AFD Facebook page Tuesday evening:

"We got an update on Colin this afternoon, and permission from his father to share it with you.

Early this morning, Colin was moved from the ICU to the 6th floor Neuro Wing at Brackenridge Hospital. Although he remains in a coma, he has made remarkable progress with his other injuries from last week’s collision. However, the wing is not conducive to many visitors nor any flowers, gifts, etc. The plan is that he will soon be moving to a neuro rehab facility to continue his recovery, possibly as soon as this weekend."

The family continues to express their gratitude and amazement at all the support from Colin’s extended firefighting family. We will continue to stand by to offer whatever assistance they may need. With the move to a floor, the hospital watch by AFD firefighters has been discontinued; many thanks to all who volunteered to stand by Colin.

Thank you again for all the visits, calls, notes, thoughts, and prayers during this difficult time."

A fellow cyclist, Al Bastidas, founder of Please Be Kind to Cyclists told KVUE he’s visited Camp in the hospital several times since the crash. 

“People believe that we kind of lose dignity, and we're treated like second class citizens when we're on a bike. Well guess what? This is a person who put his life on the line every single day for all of us,” said Bastidas.  

Stephen Murphy is charged with failure to stop and render aid.