NICHOLASVILLE — A prayer vigil for the recovery of critically injured Jessamine County EMS worker John Mackey turned even more somber Sunday evening after the crowd learned that his family was saying their goodbyes.
"I spoke with the family just a few minutes ago and I was given a grim report that John is not going to make it," Jessamine Judge-Executive David West said at the courthouse steps as Mackey's son Connor looked on. "They wanted everyone to know that the outpouring of love they have received from this community continues to hold them up."
West said Mackey was being tested for possible organ donation, and he probably would be taken off life support Monday.
"For 16 years, he saved lives and he would have wanted that to continue," West said.
The accident happened on East Maple Street about 7:15 p.m. Thursday when Mackey stepped into the street from between two parked cars, Nicholasville police said. Mackey was struck by a car driven by a 17-year-old girl. The girl's windshield was shattered and the passenger side and hood were dented.
About 80 people congregated on the front lawn of the Jessamine County Courthouse at 5 p.m. to pray. EMS Chaplain Kevin Davidson said public safety workers and others would continue a vigil at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for Mackey through the night.
Connor Mackey, 17, wore a kilt in honor of his father and the family's Scottish heritage.
"This is a hazard of the job," Connor Mackey said. "He said he wasn't paid enough, but he wasn't in it for the money. He was in it for the lives, and he saved them."
Mackey's accident was the second blow to the first-responder community in Central Kentucky last week.
On Wednesday, Richmond police officer Daniel Ellis was shot in the head while investigating an attempted robbery. He died Friday.