Justin’s Journey: Benefit for Volunteer Firefighter

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A volunteer firefighter in Lackawanna County is still on the long road to recovery after suffering severe injuries in a motorcycle crash in June.

Justin Wendlandt was flown to a hospital in Philadelphia and underwent several surgeries.

Family, friends, and fellow firefighters gathered Saturday afternoon at a benefit in his honor at the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Justin was able to make a surprise appearance, which meant a lot to his family.

"Oh, it's a dream come true. It's a miracle. It's an actual miracle that he's here, and he's in good spirits. He's serving food. He's saying hi to everybody. He's really, really happy," said John Wendlandt, Justin's father.

The money raised at Saturday's event will go towards medical expenses as Justin continues to recover.


  • whopperplopper

    if he was involved in a motor vehicle crash, why isn’t his car insurance paying the medical bills?

    • Maria Jones

      Just like every insurance ever. There is a limit on how much the insurance will pay. So weeks in the intensive care unit and life flight and countless other expenses rack up a lot of bills. It all adds up buddy and the insurance has a cap on what and how much it will pay then the rest is transferred to the patient.

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