Some children at a Princeton church are showing their support for a man who was pulled out of a burning vehicle in an accident that happened on U.S. 41 in Gibson County on Friday.
Officials say that man is 23-year-old Cody Byrns of Princeton. 14 News is learning more about Cody and how his church is coming together to pray for his recovery.
We're told that Cody's brother, Shane, started a Facebook page to share updates about Cody's recovery and show support for him. It now has over 1,000 likes, showing what an impact Cody has on his church and his community.
"He said, 'We think it might be Cody's car,'" says Pastor Mike Marsh.
Marsh is the Lead Pastor at Oasis Assembly of God and remembers getting a call about Friday's accident all too well.
"It just stunned me," says Marsh. "It's like the breath was taken out of me, because Cody is like my son."
Investigators say a Schwan's Delivery Truck heading south on U.S. 41 failed to stop at a red light at County Road 100 N and collided with two vehicles stopped at the light. Officials say firefighters battled smoke and flames to get Cody out.
Marsh tells us that Cody is now recovering from serious burns.
"His condition is stable and that was good news to us," says Marsh.
At Sunday's church service, Marsh gave a sermon about how Cody, a professional juggler and children's minister, is lucky to be alive and will come away from this experience to grow even stronger. Marsh says Cody even has the support of Oasis's youth. The kids even made 'get well' cards for Cody on Sunday morning.
"He has touched lives throughout the Caribbean and the United States, and I'm sure he will continue to do that," says Assistant Youth Minister Joe Deal.
"In situations that are bad, God turns it around for good and that's what we're believing here for Cody," says Marsh.
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