A Texas firefighter was shocked when he arrived at the scene of a head-on collision to learn that his wife and son were involved in the crash.

Aaron Van Riper, assistant fire chief at the Thomas Lake Road Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a 911 call about a crash this weekend. He pulled up to the scene to discover his wife’s car. Both his wife Amber and their 7-year-old son had been injured.

“I kind of lost a lot of my training and went into panic mode,” he said of the ordeal, but added that his fellow firefighters were there to support him and keep him calm.

Van Riper’s son has since been released from the hospital. His wife, who endured nine hours of surgery on Sunday and another five hours on Monday, is doing better, but still has a long road to recovery.

Van Riper expressed how fortunate he feels that his family survived the horrific crash.

“From the look of the car, they shouldn’t be there, and somebody kinda plucked my family out of there and set them aside,” he said.

Amber’s wife does not have insurance. A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations, and it has since raised more than $75,000.

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