Public Safety

Doctors treat injured Clinton firefighter for pneumonia

Clinton officials say he's critical but 'more stable'

A bagpipe field commander presents a salute Saturday as he leads 50 bagpipers in the funeral procession for fire Lt. Eric Hosette in Clinton. Hosette was killed in a Jan. 5 explosion. (John Schultz/Quad City Times)
A bagpipe field commander presents a salute Saturday as he leads 50 bagpipers in the funeral procession for fire Lt. Eric Hosette in Clinton. Hosette was killed in a Jan. 5 explosion. (John Schultz/Quad City Times)
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The Clinton firefighter who survived a Jan. 5 explosion that killed a colleague remains in critical condition and now is being treated for pneumonia, too.

In their most recent update provided Monday, Clinton city officials said Adam Cain, 23, is doing better at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

He suffered serious injuries in a grain-silo explosion at the ADM plant in Clinton.

Fire Lt. Eric Hosette was killed and was laid to rest Saturday.

“Firefighter Adam Cain’s condition is still critical but a little more stable,” City Administrator Matt Brooke wrote in the email update. “Adam is not out of the woods by any means and now has pneumonia (which was expected) and has started on new antibiotics.

“The doctors believe they are seeing improvement in his lungs, as he continues to remain on a ventilator.

“Adam is unable to see any visitors at the time but would ask everyone to continue to keep him in your prayers and also his family.”

Cain’s family earlier also asked for prayers, saying the firefighter was “literally fighting for his life now.”

“The reason I am reaching out and sharing is because Adam needs help,” his father, Kevin Cain, wrote in a statement last Thursday. “I am begging each and every one of you to continue to pray, share what I have shared with you to everyone you know about Adam and ask they continue to pray also. My son needs them.”

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