Somerville Honoring Injured Bryan Firefighter Ricky Mantey, Jr.

Somerville is rallying behind their hometown hero, Bryan Firefighter Ricky Mantey, Jr., who was critically injured fighting the fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bryan.

Signs of support are growing in his hometown of Somerville.

It's a sea of red on the streets of Somerville in support of a local hero.

Bryan Firefighter Ricky Mantey, Jr. is recovering from serious burn injuries at UTMB in Galveston after being hurt fighting a fire Friday in Bryan.

"When you go in, somebody's got your back and you've got to have their back also when things get tough."said David Goodnight, Assistant Fire Chief for Somerville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department.

David Goodnight knows the Mantey Family fairly well, who run a local restaurant and catering business.

"Our prayers are out for all the families, all the young men that hurt and lost their lives there and we wish them all well," Goodnight said.

The Somerville Fire Department was the first group to put up ribbons and now they can be seen all down Memory Lane. And you can even see people wearing them around town.

Leisa Dowell works at Citizens State Bank and was decorating red for the fallen and injured firefighters.

She made 50 ribbons for bank employees and anyone who wants until they ran out. But she has plans for more.

"We're just so glad that things are looking better for him and looks like he's going to have a long road to recovery, but he is going to make it and he's going to be great,"

Citizens State Bank also set up a fund for Mantey Tuesday. Bank President Ben Flencher goes to church with his family.

"It's just a shock to your community and you never think it's going to happen to you until a circumstance like this happens," said Flencher.

A tragedy that is now bringing out the best and great encouragements all over the Brazos Valley.

A fund is also available at all six area Citizens State Bank locations under the name, "Ricky Dale Mantey Jr. Benefit Account."

For more information you can call the bank at (979) 596-1421.

And the 4-H Extension Office at the Burleson County Courthouse is also accepting gift cards to help family members pay for gas traveling to Galveston.

For more information, call Dusty Tittle, 4H Extension Agent at (979) 567-2308.

Mantey was able get up and walk Tuesday at the hospital.


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