2011-09-15 / Law Enforcement

Gerrish fireman injured in motorcycle-deer accident Sunday

A Roscommon man was seriously injured early Sunday morning when he hit a deer while riding on his motorcycle.

According to a Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department report, Pat Quinlan, 45, was traveling northwest on East Houghton Lake Drive (Co. Road 100) near Northern Oaks Drive at about 12:45 a.m. when the accident occurred.

A passerby who was coming home from work told deputies she saw smoke in the air as she approached the scene and saw something in the road. Upon discovering someone was lying on the road, she called 911. The witness said Quinlan’s helmet was lying beside him and a deer was lying on the side of the road flopping around.

Quinlan was transported to Mercy Hospital Grayling with head injuries and then transferred to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

Quinlan’s accident was announced at the Sept. 11 service honoring emergency personnel at Immanuel Baptist Church Sunday morning. Quinlan is a three-year member of the Gerrish Township Fire/ EMS Department and a former member of the Higgins Township Fire/EMS Department. He is a juvenile detention officer at Second Chance Academy.

A fund has been established by the Gerrish Township Firefighters Association to offset expenses to Quinlan’s family. Donors may contribute to the Patrick Quinlan Fund at any Chemical Bank or at the Gerrish Township Fire Hall.

Gerrish Township Fire Chief John Patchin said area businesses will also have canisters out to collect money for the fund.

The family is requesting that Quinlan have no visitors at this time. Friends may visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/patrickquinlan for information.

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