March 27 is a day that changed local resident Bill Volz life forever. Volz was cleaning the gutters of his home when he slipped and fell from his roof. Although Volz is extremely lucky to be alive, he still faces an uphill battle.
According to Volz’s neighbor Amy Binns, Volz had a huge fall on the day of the accident.
“He could not have fallen any further as he fell from the highest point on the roof to the lowest point on the ground,” Amy Binns said. “He was lucky in that his eight year old daughter was home from school that day. If it had not been for that, he may not have been found in time.”
It was the quick thinking of Volz’s daughter that saved his life. She immediately ran to her neighbors who called 911. Although neighbors and fire officials did everything they could, Volz still faced an uphill battle.
Doctors concluded that Volz broke his neck and back. Volz spent several weeks in ICU and faced several surgeries. Volz spent ten weeks in the hospital but was allowed to come home on June 5.
“He has regained some mobility in his right leg but his left leg is still paralyzed,” Binns said. “The homecoming was emotional for Billy as he has had many people praying for his healing.”
Binns credit’s the hard work of emergency officials for saving Volz’s life.
“This was a traumatic situation that in many cases leads to death. Because of the swift action of the Garner Fire Department and the Wake County EMS folks, Billy was able to come home once again.
Although Volz is back at home. He still faces many challenges.
“The family’s lives have been changed forever,” Binns said. “First and foremost, Billy is now on disability, receiving only 60 percent of what he was making. That number will drop to 50 percent at some point in the near future when his short term disability runs out. This has made it more difficult to pay for needed things. A recent fundraiser by his family (they live out of state) raised almost $500 that was used to purchase a new mattress for Billy in the downstairs bedroom. They had to build a ramp so he could get inside the house. There are other expenses that continually pop up that are needed for Billy to function “normally” on a day to day basis. He is unable to drive a car and they may need to modify the car if he is able to drive again at some point. This is difficult for the family on a reduced budget.”
However members of Aversboro Baptist Church, where Volz is a member, have rallied around Volz to support him. The church is hosting a benefit concert with a popular eastern North Carolina band.
“There will be a benefit concert at the Rand-Bryan House on July 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.,” Binns said.
The benefit concert will feature the band called Mommicked. The band will play several top country, modern rock and classic rock hits.
“The benefit is to help raise money for his medical needs at home since he is mostly confined to a wheel chair – at least for the near future.”
To register for the concert, go to billyvolz.eventbrite.com. The password is billyvolz.
According to concert officials, any money raised that exceeds the needs of the family will be contributed to a good cause.
“A love offering will be graciously accepted, though any proceeds exceeding the needs of the family will be donated to Wake Med Rehabilitation Hospital and/or paid forward to another family in the community in need of financial blessings.”