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Please keep Robbie Keziah in your thoughts and prayers. He was burned today when his car caught fire while attempting to start for the second round of eliminations. He was rushed to the hospital with facial burns.
Robbie isn't burned as bad as first thought. We'll try to bring you some more info.
In the meantime give a big shout out to Spyros Legakis who pulled Robbie out of the car! :)
04-22-2008, 10:58 AM
Robbie got out run in the first round so how come he was in the staging lanes when this happened?
I believe he was going to make a test pass.
04-22-2008, 11:08 AM
I believe he was going to make a test pass.
Thanks! I know they didnt get there until right as the first round of qualifying so i geuss they didnt get any other test runs in. Glad to hear he is doing better.
04-22-2008, 11:52 AM
Get better Robbie..
The Gene Keziah family is #1.
04-22-2008, 06:14 PM
Just spoke to Gene Keziah a few minutes ago. Robbie is now in the burn center in NC. The hospital in orangeburg needs to get a damn clue. Robbie was starting to get infection in some spots, eyes swollen shut. He looked worse to me than that 20 year old Dr thought at orangeburg hospital. They have scrubbed the burnt skin off his face and applied some special cream to help with scarring. This is all I know for now.
I had never met these folks until this race, we pitted next to them and we talked off & on all day. Very nice people for sure. They are father & son and best friends too. I felt so bad for Gene when he watched his son leave in the ambulance.....I had a panic attack for him.
I have never seen a car go up in flames so fast. Everybody did a good job at putting the fire out. The hero was this man named The Greek. He reached in there and grabbed him like superman. Later I drove Gene down to his pit so he could Thank him in person.
We go to these races to do the best we can and be safe at doing it. Ya never know what is going to happen next and you must be prepared for anything. Someone posted that a crew member should stand behind the car to kill the power when cranking if something does go wrong.......GOOD IDEA!!!
I left orangeburg with 2 new friends in the Keziahs and hope to see them out again soon for some more fellowship. Get well Robbie and I will see ya soon.
04-22-2008, 08:26 PM
Did the Keziahs race a white and blue 3rd gen top sportsman camaro a few years ago. I cannot remember the names of the 2 gentlemen but Keziah sounds right and they were some extremely nice people when I met them at KDS a few years ago at a headsup race. Best wishes and get well soon.
04-23-2008, 01:48 PM
I have raced with Gene and Robbie in the Top 8 doorslammers and let me tell you these guys are top notch. My Water pump went out on my car and I thought my day was done. I can't remember how it came about but they had a spear and they let me use it no questions asked.
I really hope Robbie is ok and you are in my thoughts and prayers...
I'm from Orangeburg and I can agree about the hospital, sometimes they are off track when it comes to difference emergencies....
To Buddy and Crew at Orangeburg, I know people gripe and complain about all the Safety stuff you have to enforce let this be a prime example of why we have to wear it. Think of how worse it could have been if he did not have the fire saftey gear.....
Once again Robbie get well soon...
Car can be replaced, but lives are Priceless......
04-27-2008, 11:20 AM
I talked to Robbie and his Father Gene and Robbie is doing better.He is in high spirits and will be ready to race soon.
A message from Robbie and Gene Keziah:
First off I want to apologize to anyone that I leave out, itís hard to remember everybody. I want to thank everybody for thinking about me, praying for me, calling to check on me and asking questions about me.
I want to start with Orangeburg Drag Strip, Buddy Boozer, Faye Allen and all their staff for putting the fire out and getting to the ambulance. A big thank you to Spyros Legakis for ignoring his own safety and well being when he came in the car while it was on fire and pulled me out. He didnít have a firesuit or anything on. He really is a fine fellow, we ran them first round and itís kind of funny you go after each other on the race track and try to knock each other out and 30 minutes later the guy's jumping in a car thatís on fire helping me get out. That really says a lot about the people in this sport. Orangeburgís ambulance team was right there on top of it all, they were there as soon as I got out the car.
Orangeburg Memorial Hospital did a good job too. I transferred to UNC Chapel Hill burn center. While there I was seen by Dr. Cairn and Dr. Woods and those up there were unreal with what they've done and helped me through. All the way from the nurseís and everybody, the whole floor was great. The cared for and looked after me. Iíve always heard they were one of the best burn units in the country and by far to me they are. Theyíve gave me a 100% recovery with no scaring, no problems with me eyes or anything and thatís good to know.
I also want to thank Buddy Trivette and his family for everything that they have done. Buddy has kept in touch with us and has got the news out there on whatís going on and following up with me. I also want thank Annette Summer, she has been great. She has been right there, she took my dad back and fourth from the hospital and helped get everything back in the trailer. She really was a big help. I canít thank everybody enough for calling, thinking about me and checking on me. I also want to thank FastDoorslammers.com for keeping the information out there. I know thereís probably some people that Iíve left out and I want to apologize to them, itís hard to remember everybody.
ó Robbie Keziah
I just want everybody to know that we really appreciate everything that they have done. Orangeburg Drag Strip and their staff, Spyros, the paramedics, and Buddy Trivette for keeping in touch and letting everybody know how Robbieís doing. I specially want to thank Spyros for going after Robbie and getting him out of the car. Weíre real thankful that everybody was willing to jump in and help like they did. It could have been a lot worse. I want to thank all the doctors at the hospitals. The ambulance did a great job getting Robbie to the hospital as quick as they did. Robbieís the only child that my wife and I had and Iím very thankful he is going to be ok. My wife and our 2 grandchildren want to thank everybody too. Robbie is a single parent and those 2 children need their Dad.
ó Gene Keziah
04-28-2008, 05:07 PM
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Get well soon.
04-29-2008, 05:55 AM
Robbie & family.....
Our thoughts and Prayers to you! ( heal fast Robbie)
Yes Gene...You have a Great Son!
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