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Family of trucker who died following I 70 wreck says thanks to those who helped

Jeffrey Denman died Saturday
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Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 17:34:22-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The family of trucker Jeffrey Denman, who died two weeks after his wreck on I 70, is thanking the many people who helped at the crash scene and during his stay at Eskenazi Hospital.

Denman passed away Saturday at Eskenazi Hospital. On Monday his family sent out this statement:

The family of Jeffrey “Duke” Denman would like to thank the many people who have so generously offered of themselves during this recent tragedy. Although Duke did not win this battle and has gone home to the Lord, we have witnessed the tremendous outpouring of love and kindness from not just Central Indiana, but throughout the country. We cannot begin to express our gratitude.

Thank you to the good Samaritans and the first responders who were on the scene of this horrific accident, who saved Duke’s life. Your selflessness in risking your own life to prolong Duke’s is a testament to what is great about human nature. We would like to especially thank Mitch Navarre, Holly McNally, Andrew Webb, and Indiana Police Trooper Chris Hanson whose heroism is without reproach.

Thanks to the staff at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, and specifically the people in the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center. The doctors, nurses, support personnel, and everyone associated with the unit were not only extraordinary in their medical knowledge and support, but their patience, compassion, and care were astonishing. Dr. Rajav Sood, there is a reason that your team is considered tops in the nation, and we experienced it in so many ways. And a special thanks to Marti Feichter, support coordinator, whose patience and guidance was so valuable.

Finally, we would like to thank the many co-workers, friends and many many others who showed support for Duke with the many cards, gifts and countless prayers. The management and co-workers from JetStar’s love and support has been amazing and uplifting.

“There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.'
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.”― Dalai Lama XI

The hope and love we saw over the past weeks, is truly our blessing to take forward.

God Bless,

Denman was hauling about 4,000 gallons of jet fuel when his tanker truck overturned and exploded on the ramp from southbound Interstate-465 to eastbound Interstate-70 on the Indianapolis east side.

Family members said Denman had burns covering up to 80% of his body, in addition to extensive lung damage and other injuries.