Rotary Club starts fund to help Martin during rehab
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Most Big Walnut area residents know that Sunbury Village Administrator Dave Martin was involved in a serious motorcycle accident when he struck a deer on November 28. Martin’s motorcycle was found near the deer in a field; he was lying in the middle of the road when the medics arrived to send him by LifeFlight to Grant Hospital.
After spending a great deal of time in the hospital and then in Dodd Hall for rehabilitation, Martin was released to undergo more outpatient rehabilitation at his son’s home in Michigan. However, the village doesn’t have disability insurance and once Martin’s vacation time and sick time run out, he’s without income.
“Dave epitomizes the charitable spirited individual,” said his fellow Rotarian Al Blyth. “He has spent many years helping others on a daily basis. He traveled with the singing group Up With People, and continues to support their efforts throughout the world. He is an active Rotarian and supports Rotary efforts selflessly with his volunteer efforts. He also has chaired the local Relay for Life American Cancer Society fundraiser for several years. He has served on the Big Walnut Board of Education, the Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce, he works with “inmates through his church group, and he works as an election official. The list goes on and on …”
Blyth said he, other Rotarians and members of the Big Walnut community whose lives Martin has touched have been working to help Martin and his family overcome financial issues brought about by the accident.
“Dave is facing really a difficult time ahead while undergoing rehabilitation on the journey to his return to work,” Blyth said. “He has made terrific progress at an amazing rate. He is walking with a walker and his memory is improving daily, but Dave could use some help from us now. He was very seriously hurt and will have a long recovery from both physical and cognitive injuries. He needs financial support to cover medical and rehabilitation costs and safety modifications to his home.”
Blyth said he is asking area residents to consider helping Martin during his rehabilitation.
Donations can be sent to the Sunbury-Galena Rotary Foundation at PO Box 837, Sunbury, Ohio 43074. Earmark the funds for “Dave Martin”.
Feel free to contact Al Blyth at 740–965-4854 for more information.