A Stillwater firefighter is in a Tulsa hospital right now with COVID-19, fighting for his life.
Captain Randy Blake has been working at the Stillwater Fire Department for 22 years. Those who know him said he is a hard worker who loves to serve others.
Blake is in his early 40s and the picture of health, from what Alley Hoffman can see. She owns the gym Blake goes to and said he's not someone she expected would end up in the hospital, fighting COVID-19.
"Anytime he's working out, you're always motivated watching him. He's the hardest worker in the room,” Hoffman said.
She has known Blake for a few years and said that same hard work he puts in at the gym is reflected in every aspect of his life.
"His work ethic just, I mean, radiates wherever he goes,” Hoffman said.
The fire captain was one of the first on scene at the OSU homecoming crash five years ago and helped save a woman's life.
"As a fireman I know that he has not only saved lives, but he's helpful, everywhere,” Hoffman said.
One of those places where Blake is helping and impacting people's lives is at CASA, a non-profit where he volunteers.
The CASA executive director released the following statement:
"Randy is the epitome of a true servant. His care for others is evident in the way he lives his life. He has been involved with CASA since 2017 and has been a fierce advocate for abused and neglected children in Payne County. Our prayers are with Randy, his wife and children and his medical team."
"My message is to pray. Pray for him. Pray for his family. Pray for strength and peace and comfort. Pray that God's going to do work in him,” Hoffman said. “Because you know he's a fighter. You see it in here every day.”
A church in town is collecting monetary donations for the Blake family. The Sunnybrook Christian Church said designated contributions are not tax deductible. Checks can be made to Sunnybrook with "benevolence" in the memo line. Online donations can be made here.