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Park City's No Name Saloon manager breaks his back, community comes together to help

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Park City is coming together to help one of their own after he broke his back during a snowmobiling trip.
PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Park City is coming together to help one of their own after he broke his back during a snowmobiling trip.

Three weeks ago Martin Fairley went out snowmobiling with his friends. It was one of the first adventurous outings since his multiple knee surgeries last year. They were going over some jumps, when Martin accidently jumped off a 15 foot ledge. Martin landed wrong and hyper-compressed his spine. He was life-flighted to hospital where he heard the bad news he had broken his back.

Fairley said, “The doctor said ‘do you want the good news or the bad news?’ So, I’m always the bad news first, he just told me my back was broken.”

The good news is he could still walk. He was only millimeters away from being paralyzed. He underwent two surgeries to repair the damage to his spine. While the accident didn’t cripple him, Fairley worries the medical bills will.

“The hospital bill itself was $126,000,” explained Fairley.

That’s just the first of six bills he’s expecting. That’s why his friends have come together to put on a fundraising event at the Downstairs Sunday night.

Downstairs partner Seth Hill said, “Park City, as a community, is really great at helping someone when they fall down.”

Like Fairley, Hill is blown away by all number of people who have forward to help.

“I’ve been amazed by the different businesses, contributors, the great partners who have been able to donate products from all different walks of life,” explained Hill. “Restaurants, ski shops, it’s been amazing.”

Fairley said, “It just shows how close knit the whole town is. People are always willing to step forward and help anyone in need.”

For unable to make it to the fundraiser, log on to http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/restartin-martin/49679
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