First responders raise funds for burn victims during National EMS Week

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To celebrate National EMS Week, several partner emergency services are coming together to host a fundraiser for an 8-year-old Canyon resident who was badly burned in an accident.

The fundraiser will take place Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southeast Park Pavilion in Canyon.

On April 1, 8-year-old Brantley Parrish was badly burned in an accident involving an exploding petrol can. He was taken by BSA ambulance to Northwest Texas Hospital and then transported by Lifestar to UMC Children’s Hospital in Lubbock.

“It was my one-year-old son’s birthday, and the kids were making s’mores with my dad, and Brantley poured gasoline on the fire and the gas can exploded…he there was a family friend who acted really fast and put the shot on him I think it took about nine seconds after 9-1-1 was called for the sheriffs to arrive and start treating him Within 30 minutes, a helicopter was on its way to transport him to the hospital, said Jennifer Parrish, Brantley’s mother.

Since that day, Brantley Parrish has undergone six surgeries for third-degree burns to his chest and arms. and the face. According to his mother, Brantley’s wounds are fully grafted and closed.

“Last operation was to outline his face, which was a 100 per cent catch. He has issues with some contractures, which will take a lot of work to avoid, but he’s getting by. He’s standing, walking and is a normal stubborn 8-year-old,” Jennifer Parrish said. Contracture is defined as a condition of shortening and hardening of muscles, tendons or other tissues, often leading to joint problems.

Eight-year-old burn victim Brantley Parrish gets a visit with Batman at UMC Children's Hospital on National Superhero Day.

In honor of Brantley’s fight and his road to recovery, BSA Health System EMS, Canyon Fire Department, Canyon Police Department, Randall County Sheriff’s Office, and West Texas A&M University Police Departments will host the fundraiser, with proceeds for help cover Brantley’s medical bills.

“It’s part of our national EMS week. We knew we wanted to do something big like a fundraiser to end the week, and after talking to my team they mentioned Brantley had been on their minds, and we have decided to put it together for the benefit of him and his family,” said Perry Perkins, BS, Licensed Paramedic, Director of EMS Services, BSA Health System.

During the event, rescue groups will provide burgers with fries and a drink. Food will be served free of charge, but donations are strongly encouraged. Emergency services are hoping to raise around $5,000 for the Parrish family.

The fundraiser will also include several raffle giveaways from donated items. Each giveaway will include a goody bag with an estimated value of at least $100. Some raffle items include gift cards for Feldman’s Wrong Way Diner, Cinergy, a $500 bundle from House Divided Restaurant and Sports Grill, and more.

Throughout National EMS Week, BSA will also be hosting several other free activities in support of emergency responders, including a coffee truck on Monday and Thursday, Joe Taco’s taco truck offering lunch, Hud’s free breakfast or dinner on Wednesdays, and on Fridays, the BSA will host a Lavender Code relaxation.

Burn victim Brantley Parrish holds a Batman symbol at UMC Children's Hospital after the crash.  Local emergency responders are hosting a fundraiser for the 8-year-old during National EMS Week.

“It’s beyond me to know that there are such good people in the world. We don’t even have extended family in Amarillo. It’s just ourselves and the whole community of Amarillo, the staff of emergency, schools, random people calling every day to check on It means the world to my family to know that there are people who care about us,” Jennifer Parrish said.

For more information, individuals are encouraged to follow their #TeamBrantley Facebook page for online updates at https://www.facebook.com/groups/367966691924054.

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