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Volunteer injured during flood making recovery

An EVAC volunteer who was hit by a car March 27 in Fargo while directing traffic during flood-fighting efforts is making a strong recovery and should be able to take off his halo brace in four weeks, he said Sunday.

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Shawn O'Donnell stands with Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker prior to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' game Sunday afternoon. O'Donnell, an EVAC member, was hit by a car while directing traffic during the flood. Carrie Snyder The Forum

An EVAC volunteer who was hit by a car March 27 in Fargo while directing traffic during flood-fighting efforts is making a strong recovery and should be able to take off his halo brace in four weeks, he said Sunday.

Shawn O'Donnell was introduced by Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker before Sunday afternoon's Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks game, which honored flood volunteers.

"It's good to be alive," O'Donnell told the crowd.

The 29-year-old said he was thankful for the public support he's received since the incident that left him with a broken neck, a concussion, a broken left wrist and two broken ankles.

He's now recovering at his mother's house and hopes to return to his own place in four to six weeks.

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O'Donnell said he's glad he doesn't remember being hit by the Ford Taurus that he said failed to stop at a flashing red light and collided with a southbound truck. His partner told him he flew 60 feet over his Jeep Cherokee after being hit.

But he said he won't forget the support and attention that has followed.

"I'm going to remember this forever," he said.

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