Community holds benefit dinner for accident victim

CHESTER – Family, friends, community members and even the AirEvac Lifeteam that flew him to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital came out to show their support for Tyler Simpson at the Team Tyler Benefit Day at The Fire House Bar and Grill in Chester on Saturday.

Doors for the event opened at 3 p.m. and soon thereafter the establishment was bustling with people eager to show their support for Simpson. All proceeds from the event went to Tyler’s family to help pay for medical expenses.

The event featured a spaghetti dinner, a 50/50 drawing, a Chinese auction with items donated from the community, and a visit from the Air Evac crew who flew Tyler to the hospital following the accident.

The three-man crew flew in to the event in a AirEvac Lifeteam helicopter landing next door at the Lawerenceville Fire Department. They stayed for dinner and to catch up on Tyler’s condition since they transported him to the Pittsburgh Hospital in November.

After the dinner, local music acts Chad Squires, Brad Gibson, Kent Cox, Plan B, Coat Rack Life Jack and Fred Ludovici and the Mad River Men pitched in by donating their talents to the cause.

Allison Scarry, Tyler’s mother, reported that Tyler’s condition is steadily improving, stating that he “looks around” and seems more alert.

Since Tyler’s accident in November, Scarry has been at his bedside nearly non-stop. Scarry added that she probably would not have even left his side for the benefit if not for the fact that he was “having a good day today.”

“I’m one of those mothers that cling to their children,” said Scarry with a weary smile.

Tyler, an eighth grader at Oak Glen Middle School, was severely injured in an accident on Nov. 18 in which he was struck by trailer being pulled by a truck in Chester.

Tyler sustained injuries to his skull and brain in the accident and remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

As the Fire House Bar and Grill continued to fill with people Saturday, Tyler’s friends and family expressed gratitude at seeing the community unite.

“We are all extremely touched by and thankful for the way the community, family and friends have really pulled together. I can’t thank (owner of th Fire House Bar and Grill) Dave Albaneso enough for his help and letting us use his business, and the staff at the Fire House they’ve been wonderful too. It’s been a real blessing,” said Katie Barnes who helped organize the event along side of Robin Crowe and many other members of Team Tyler.

As Tyler Simpson continues his fight, the loving and ever-growing group of family, friends, and community members known as Team Tyler will continue to do all they can to support him.