Fund-raising efforts began Friday to help the family of John Mackey, the Jessamine County paramedic who was hit and critically injured by a car while responding to a call in Nicholasville.
A prayer vigil is also scheduled for Sunday on the lawn of the Jessamine County Courthouse.
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 officer Kevin Grimes said. Mackey was struck by a car driven by a 17-year-old girl, Grimes said. The girl's windshield was shattered and the passenger side and hood were dented.
A Friday Facebook post from Jessamine County EMS Chief Aaron Stamper said Mackey was in "a critical state." Grimes asked for prayers for Mackey and his family. Mackey, 40, was at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
Mackey was hurt when paramedics stopped to assess damage to the ambulance's rearview mirror, which had been struck by the mirror of a passing pickup truck while the ambulance was on a first-aid run to the Jessamine County jail, Grimes said.
Mackey is known for his varied interests, including pride in his Scottish heritage for which he wears kilts, said Jessamine County Judge-Executive David West.
"His grandfather, Everette Mackey, was a kilt-wearer and traced their origins to Scotland," West said. "Older Mr. Mackey took pride in that heritage, so I think his grandson took that to heart."
Mackey is a hard worker, too, West said.
"I noticed in signing the checks that John is always working overtime," West said. "So much so that it became noteworthy to me. He always answered the call. When he was needed, he would work those extra hours."
Kyle Adams, human resources director for Jessamine Fiscal Court, released a message from Mackey's family on Friday.
"We would like to thank everyone who called and came to the hospital last night," the family said. "A special thanks to all the emergency workers that helped John at the scene and during his transport to the hospital. The support has been overwhelming and we ask for your continued prayers."
The family also directed people to two ways they can donate money in support of Mackey and the family. Contributions can be made to the "Janine L. Mackey for John E. Mackey account" at any Central Bank location.
In addition, a recovery fund set up on the crowd-funding site gofundme.com had raised more than $3,100 for Mackey by late Friday afternoon. The money will go "to provide financial support for Mackey and his family in this time of need," the site said.
"Please help to give back to a man who has given so much to this community, not just through his service as a paramedic, but also as a father, husband, and friend." the site said.
In addition, a prayer vigil for Mackey is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Jessamine County Courthouse, 101 North Main Street, Nicholasville.