Kearney firefighter returns home after nearly losing life

Published: Mar. 7, 2021 at 7:48 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - COVID-19 has caused many to suffer including one Kearney firefighter who barely escaped its wrath.

After spending nearly 45 days in the hospital, Kent Hergott finally made it home.

“Just a little tired, just overall fatigue but otherwise pretty good,” Hergott said.

He had been in the ICU since the middle of January.

“I got tested, they said we’ll call you with the results, then they called me and said that it came back positive and that’s about all I remember,” he said.

After testing positive, he was pretty much out of it and out of concern for his well-being, his roommate called for help.

“He called the ambulance to come check me out and then they came and took me to the hospital,” Hergott said.

Hergott was pretty much unconscious the entire time. He was hooked up on ventilators when all of a sudden his kidney’s started to fail. Doctors, friends and family didn’t think he was going to make it.

“We were all pretty worried and then as the time went on, the reports continued to be stable but not doing really well, so I’m telling you there were a lot of people praying for him,” said Kearney Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Tacha.

Hergott has been a volunteer firefighter for more than three years and when word got out he was doing better, they were relieved.

“We all felt it was just a miracle and a lot of prayers were answered,” Tacha said.

Hergott was released from the hospital on Mar. 4.

“I am happy to be out of there, be home trying to get back to some normalcy,” Hergott said.

He even attended a business meeting at work for the first time since being back.

“I think the best medicine for Kent right now is to be able to just get back in the groove and get back and do fire activities,” Tacha said. “I think he’s a good contributing member and I think it will be a huge help for him and us as well.”

Hergott is taking it day by day. He doesn’t know how long it’ll take to be fully recovered but he is going through therapy and dialysis treatments to get back in good health.

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