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Middleton firefighters "Standing Strong" for two girls injured in car crash

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Ari Meyer, Courtesy: GoFundMe Page Ari Meyer, Courtesy: GoFundMe Page
Hayley Krause, Courtesy: GoFundMe Page Hayley Krause, Courtesy: GoFundMe Page

MIDDLETON (WKOW)-- Middleton firefighters are rallying behind two girls after a devastating crash sent them to the hospital late last week. Sunday night they gathered outside Middleton Station One to "Stand Strong" for these girls and their families.

"I hope both Ari and Hayley get that message. They need to know that this community loves them, that their extended families love them and we've got their back," Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris says.

With the families consent, Chief Harris identifies the two girls as 13-year-old Ari Meyer and 12-year-old Hayley Krause. He tells 27 News that Hayley is the daughter of one of his lieutenants.

"She's like a daughter to all of us here," Harris explains. "We all have sons and daughters ourselves. It's our worst nightmare to respond to a scene and see it's one of our own. With that said, we've got to support our own and that's why we're here."

Harris says Hayley was released from the hospital Sunday morning and will continue her recovery at home.

"Hayley suffered two broken bones in her leg, a broken clavicle, two broken vertebrae in her neck, chipped teeth and injuries to her nose that needed reconstruction surgery," Harris explains.

Ari on the other hand is still in the hospital, but Harris says her family members say she is improving. He says the girls both went to Kromrey Middle School in Middleton, but the girls didn't really know each other.

"There are thoughts about possibly reuniting them when they are able," Harris. "Their lives will forever be entwined together after this accident."

It was fitting that during their moment of solidarity outside the fire station, a fire call cut their event short. Within seconds of getting the call a group of firefighters packed up and left in one of the trucks. A fateful moment that symbolizes their commitment to their community as they Stand Strong to show their commitment for one another.

"That's what we want. We just want them to know how much they are supported here and that we'll be thinking of them every step of the way."

Friends have organized GoFundMe pages for both girls.

Click here for Ari's Medical Fund

Click here for Standing Strong for Hayley.

Harris says he and others in the community are also planning additional events and other fund raising efforts and that the community should "stay tuned."

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