Algoma community rallies behind well-known fishing guide

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ALGOMA, Wis. (WBAY) - When a crisis hits it can leave a family shocked with nowhere and no place to turn.

One city took matters into their own hands when a local fishing guide was injured in a car crash.

One month ago, Hunter Jossie's, family received a devastating diagnosis that their loved one would never walk or eat on his own again.

"There aren't any words to explain the emotions that we all felt,” Fiancé Meagan Jones said.

After falling asleep at the wheel, Hunter was in a horrible crash that left him with multiple facial and skull fractures and trauma to his brain.
"I couldn't believe it,” Jones said. “It didn't feel like it was real.”

Saturday the Algoma community held a fundraising event for Hunter's medical expenses.

You can see by the many signatures on a poster just how much Hunter means to the community.

"It's very humbling, but yet very satisfying to a mom and a dad and all the family members,” Hunter’s father Brad Jossie said.

Brad said he's been a leader in the Algoma community for a while and is known for his love of fishing.

"He loves working with young kids,” Jossie said. “Teaching them how to fish and he's very well known.”

Hunter is still recovering at a Milwaukee hospital, but fighting beside a community rooting for him to beat the odds every day.

"They said he probably wouldn't be able to walk, talk, and feed himself, “said Jossie. “He walked 350 feet a day after the surgery the other day. He said his first words I want to go home."

And as the community promises to continue their support, whether it's financial, spiritual, or a message on a board.

The Jossie family is promising something in return.

“We're going to bring him back,” said Jossie.

You can keep up with Hunter's recovery process: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/hunterjossie

Link to Hunter's GoFundMe to help with medical expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/70r21tk



 
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