Taylor Swift Donated $15,000 To Firefighter Who Saved His Own Family

Taylor Swift Donated $15,000 To Firefighter Who Saved His Own Family

On Saturday, a Texas firefighter, Aaron VanRiper, responded to the scene of a horrific car crash only to realize that he knew the victims very well. They were his wife, Amber, and his 7-year-old son, Jonathan.

Amber had been thrown from the car during the collision. Their son, Jonathan, was still pinned inside. Each had multiple cuts and broken bones.

The scene of the car wreck. Taylor Swift donated $15,000 to firefighter to help with medical expenses

The scene of the car wreck. (Image source: Yahoo)

“It’s my family. My wife was laying there on the ground,” VanRiper told ABC affiliate KTRK. “[By] the look of the car, I don’t know how either one of them lived. There was nothing left of that car.”

He tried to keep calm, but nothing in his training had prepared him for seeing Jonathan — who the family calls “Bear” — pinned inside a mangled car.

“Once I saw my son, that kind of went out the window and I started going into a bit of a panic mode,” VanRiper said.

The firefighter successfully rescued his wife and son, but the family has no health insurance and has been left with a hefty medical bill.

Amber and Jonathan were airlifted to a local hospital. Amber underwent nine hours of surgery on Sunday to repair her shattered pelvis, VanRiper said. Jonathan, 7, suffered a broken leg and elbow.

Amber VanRiper is still hospitalized after Taylor Swift donated $15,000 to firefighter to help with medical expenses

Amber VanRiper is still hospitalized and recently underwent a nine-hour surgery for her broken pelvis. Her husband wrote on Facebook on Monday that his wife had whispered, “I love you,” and doctors have removed her breathing tube. (Image source: Aaron VanRiper via Facebook)

Amber is still in the hospital but their son has been released and is back home with his father.

"Bear" gets released from the hospital after Taylor Swift donated $15,000 to firefighter and family

Bear” gets released from the hospital. (Image source: GoFundMe)

A friend set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising $75,000 to cover the Van Riper’s family’s medical bills. On Wednesday night, a donation of $15,000 appeared and was signed “Taylor Swift.” 

Taylor Swift donated $15,000 to firefighter and his family

(Image source: Marc Van Riper via Facebook)

After seemingly reading BuzzFeed’s article on the incident Wednesday night, the pop star “favorited” it on Twitter.

Taylor Swift donated $15,000 to firefighter after "favoriting" article

(Image source: Twitter)

While Swift’s publicist would not confirm whether the pop star had in fact donated the money herself, a person with knowledge of the situation told BuzzFeed that she had indeed personally given the money to the family. Billboard has confirmed that the donation was made by the singer.

Taylor Swift donated $15,000 to firefighter

Taylor Swift (Image source: 13WMAZ)

Swift has previously garnered attention for similar kind actions. Previously she has called children with cancer, surprised fans with gifts and performed for individuals in the hospital.

As of Thursday morning, the GoFundMe page is seeking $125,000. There have been more than 2,000 separate donations so far as donors are following Swift’s lead. The campaign has received over $100,000 so far.

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