The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office will have a special ceremony Tuesday night to recognize the heroic actions of numerous people after a powerful microburst passed through July 8 and nearly demolished a building used as a gym for Cheer Fusion All Stars on Fleming Street.
The event tomorrow is from 6-8 p.m. at Spotswood Baptist Church at 4009 Lafayette Blvd., which is across from Fleming Street where most of the damage occurred.
Sheriff's Office Lt. Troy Skebo said a special guest will be attending the event to speak to the Cheer Fusion All Star family, parents, sheriff's deputies and employees. The microburst tore off the roof of the Cheer Fusion gym and the walls caved in, seriously injuring two parents. Winds were measured as fast as 80 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. A total of 26 people, most young cheerleaders, were inside the building when the storm hit.
One of those parents, Heath Mullins, broke his fibula broke in 20 pieces. He had nerve damage in his right hand, where his carpal tunnel was severed, as well as two broken toes, two fractured vertebrae and a bunch of scars and stitches. Spotsylvania County Deputy Jesse Hanrahan carried Mullins, 38, to safety. Michelle Smith was the other parent who was injured in the building at 86 Fleming St. A home was also destroyed by the storm, displacing an elderly man and his wife. Several businesses at the top of Fleming Street near Route 1 were also damaged and are still repairing the damages.
Cheer Fusion now use a 12,000-square-foot warehouse in south Stafford as a gym.
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