Full recovery for Crete fireman burned in wildfire could take over a year

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Crete firefighter who was injured battling a wildfire in Lancaster County is expected to make a “full recovery.”

But doctors say that the recovery process could take over a year.

Elder is one of three firefighters who were injured while responding to the wildfires in southwest Lancaster County on Sunday.

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His wife says his face has 2nd-degree burns, his legs have 3rd-degree burns and his hands have 4th-degree burns.

Elder will have skin grafting done on his legs and hands Monday and Tuesday.

After the operation, he will be restricted to no movement for the next week and a half while the grafts adhere.

Elder may be allowed to go home for a short period of time before he has to return to the hospital for another treatment.

Elder and his wife say they are extremely thankful for the outpour of support from the public and their employers.

As of noon on Friday, a GoFundMe for Elder was just $2,000 shy of its $25,000 goal.

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