Fire chief, councilman hospitalized

City works as family to ensure business as usual
Jan. 17, 2014 @ 02:39 PM

Two prominent city officials are in area hospitals.
Thomasville fire chief Martin Dailey and City Councilman Scott Styers are in the intensive care units at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center and Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, respectively. Dailey underwent a pair of surgeries and is recovering at TMC. Styers is suffering from pneumonia in Winston-Salem after coming down with the flu.
“We are all family here and that's first and foremost,” said City Manager Kelly Craver. “Needless to say, there have been a lot of sleepless nights lately. In situations like this a family comes together and we do what has to be done.”
Jane Murphy, public relations director at TMC, on Friday said Dailey was listed in stable condition. Styers on Friday morning was listed in critical condition, according to Cynthia Charles, media relations director at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.
“[Dailey] had a scheduled surgery and while he was in the hospital, a second condition came about,” Craver said. “The immediate days following the surgery are most critical. It is our hope that he will get through these critical days and begin his recovery process.”
Craver said Don Crafford is Thomasville Fire Department's acting chief while Dailey is out.
“I met with Don and he assured business is going on as usual,” said Craver. “Everything is going on as normal and they certainly will band together to make sure everything is taken care of as if Marty was there.”
Councilman Neal Grimes said Styers came down with the flu a couple of weeks ago and was admitted to TMC with pneumonia. Styers' condition worsened, however, and he was transported to the ICU at Novant Health Forsyth County Medical Center.
“[Styers] had the flu around Christmas and really had a hard time shaking it,” Grimes said. “About a week ago he was transferred to Forsyth, to their critical care, with double pneumonia. [Councilwoman] Pat Shelton went to see him and [Styers' wife] Paige on Monday and came back and reported that he was real sick. The family has relayed to us that they foresee a long recovery process for him.”
Dailey and Styers aren't the only two city officials on the mend.
Councilman Ronald Bratton is recovering from a December triple bypass surgery and hopes to be at Tuesday night's monthly council meeting. Councilman Raleigh York did not attend Monday's council briefing due to a sinus infection.
Thomasville Police chief Jeff Insley recently returned to work following surgery for an injured rotator cuff and torn biceps muscle.
“We certainly feel like we've had an over abundance in our organization,” said Craver. “We're in an organization of 270 people and have had a number of folks in critical positions that have sustained serious injuries or illnesses.”
Only four council members attended Monday night's briefing. Grimes said four is a majority and allowed council to approve Tuesday's agenda.

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