As 15-year-old Halston “Hoss” McCue fights to overcome significant third degree burns sustained in a wreck Dec. 29 that took the lives of two of his friends, McCue’s family and friends want to recognize McCue’s heroism shortly after the wreck.
Family member Tracy Harrell said McCue, already burned, sustained additional third degree burns during his efforts to rescue others.
Despite his own injuries, McCue freed two girls from the truck crushed in the wreck and attempted to save the trapped driver, Harrell said. Two teens died at the scene, one of which was a girl family members say McCue rescued.
McCue, along with 18-year-old Joshua Brown, 13-year-old Madelyne “Maddie” Mitchell and 14-year-old Alex Christian were eastbound on Midway Road in a 2000 Dodge Ram shortly after midnight Dec. 29 when the vehicle, believed to be speeding, left the roadway, ploughed through several concrete posts and community mailboxes and came to rest against a mobile home, according to DPS.
“His burns actually tell the story,” Harrell said.
McCue was able to kick out the front windshield where he was riding as a passenger and escape the burning vehicle, though he did have burns on his left side, Harrell said.
McCue, a right-handed baseball player, received third degree burns to his right arm as he helped Mitchell and Christian escape by prying the door open and unsuccessfully tried to free Brown.
Christian’s hair was on fire, but McCue thought it was out when he went to rescue Brown, according to Harrell.
Moments later, Christian was reportedly engulfed by flames in the fire that destroyed the vehicle and a portion of the house. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.
McCue tried but was unable to free Brown, who was screaming for McCue to help him, Harrell said. Brown was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Mitchell was transported to a Fort Worth hospital by ambulance and McCue was flown by helicopter to Parkland Hospital.
With third degree burns on both sides of his body, his right arm, his back and his leg, even with no setbacks, doctors expect McCue will be at Parkland for another two to three months, Harrell said.
“He’s just a happy-go-lucky kid,” Harrell said. “Very well liked.”
Harrell said she has a daughter who is disabled and McCue has always taken good care of her.
“He’s just a good kid,” Harrell said. “It’s amazing how many people know him.”
His first day in the Intensive Care Unit, they counted 53 kids at the hospital for McCue, Harrell said.
Lisa Key said McCue and her son, now in the 10th grade, have been best friends since the first grade and played together all through Little League.
“He is an absolute clown,” Key said of McCue. “He’s just a blast ... He’s a cutup, but he’s also a very responsible young man.”
Key has been helping organize fundraising efforts for the family.
They’ve set up shoe boxes wrapped in hot pink, one of McCue’s favorite colors, to collect donations for the family.
With McCue’s parents unable to work, Key said she knows the family is facing a financial burden that the community can help with.
Those looking to help can donate to the Praying for Hoss McCue fund at First Financial Bank.
Harrell said the family is going through a lot.
McCue’s grandmother, with what was believed to be a massive stroke, and the family were camped out at Harris Methodist Hospital at the time of the wreck, according to Harrell.
Still, there is encouraging news. The family reported Tuesday that a recent skin graft went very well.