Firefighter and wife seriously injured in motorcycle crash; donations sought to

A pleasant springtime trip to Florida on their motorcycle turned tragic for a Downriver firefighter and his wife, who were involved in a serious accident on Sunday.

Chris and Suzette Davenport were returning home from vacation when they were involved in a crash in Florida. According to Ted and Ashley Copley, who have organized a GoFundMe fundraiser for the Davenports, a vehicle pulled out in front of them and they were forced to lay down their bike.

“Both Suzette and Chris were air-lifted to a local hospital,” the Copleys said in their post. “Both suffered severe injuries that will require multiple surgeries.”

Suzette is a property manager and Chris is a full-time firefighter in Riverview. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter in Grosse Ile Township and works as a part-time firefighter with the Woodhaven Fire Department.

Riverview Fire Chief Ronald Lammers said Chris Davenport has been with his department for over seven years.

Lammers said he was aware that the couple were going on vacation to the Florida Keys and would be gone for about two weeks.

“They had it all planned out,” Lammers said. “They were in Georgia, on their way down, when I talked to him. They were due back here on May 10.”

From what Lammers has been able to ascertain, they were struck by an SUV. He said “laying down” a motorcycle in anticipation of a crash is a maneuver to avoid making direct contact with a vehicle, but said it often results in serious injuries to a driver’s and passenger’s legs, due to being dragged on pavement.

As of Monday afternoon, Lammers said he had not been in touch with any of the couple’s family members, but has been getting updates from fire officials in both Grosse Ile and Woodhaven.

Due to privacy laws, Lammers did not wish to disclose too much information about their injuries, but said he was told that Chris and Suzette suffered severe leg injuries and both underwent surgery.

“I want them to know we are thinking about them, and that they are in our thoughts and prayers,” Lammers said. “When they are stable and are able to make the trip back here, I have reached out to the other chiefs and we want to be able to accommodate them. At this point, we don’t know if they will be able to fly back, or will need medical transport.”

The Davenports reside on Grosse Ile. In addition to working as a firefighter in the three local fire departments, Chris also serves on the Downriver Mutual Aid Dive Team and is the EMS coordinator in Riverview.

The Copleys declined to comment, but posted on their GoFundMe page that although Chris and Suzette have insurance, their medical bills are still anticipated to be astronomical.

“Any help would be greatly appreciated,” they stated.

All donations received will be distributed to the Davenport family through the Grosse Ile Firefighters and Goodfellows Association.

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