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Benefit concert raises spirits, money for injured EMT

Posted at 9:45 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-20 23:16:07-05

WEST OLIVE, Mich. — A benefit concert held  Sunday night raised spirits and some much needed money for a local EMT severely hurt in an ambulance crash this past summer.

Tim Hoffman was one of two emergency workers injured when their ambulance was hit head-on by a suspected drunk driver near he intersection of 141st Avenue and Blue Star Highway in Allegan County.

Hundreds of people showed up for the concert on Sunday.  The Lake Effect choir and a gospel quarter provided wonderful music and entertainment. The goal was to raise more than $13,000 for the Hoffman family.

“It’s just great to see so many people loving us and praying for us,” says Kristen Hoffman, Tim’s wife. “We’re just eternally grateful for everything the community has done for us.”

“The support has just been amazing,” says John Hoffman, Tim’s father. “People we don’t even know, saying on Facebook they are praying for us. It’s very humbling, we appreciate everything.”

Tim Hoffman is an 11-year veteran with American Medical Services. He is scheduled to return home from Mary Free Bed Wednesday, just in time for Thanksgiving.

There’s a GoFundMe page set up for Tim Hoffman if you’d like to donate.

The other EMT who was injured, Kevin Jongekryg is a 23-year veteran of AMR and was treated and released shortly after the crash.