Fund set for burn victim

Jeremy Shultz (top right) visited New York City in October with his girlfriend, MaryAnn Hernandez, their 3-year-old son, Dallas, and her 11-year-old daughter, Cinnamin. Shultz, a freelance camera operator for CBS Sports and ESPN, was severely burned in a

A fund has been set up to help the family of a freelance camera operator who sustained third-degree burns on 90 percent of his body while trying to save his Goose Creek home from a fire on Dec. 30.

Friends and colleagues of Jeremy Shultz established 'Jeremy's Fund' through a 501c3 charity to help support him and his family after they lost everything in the blaze.

Shultz has been in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, since the fire. His girlfriend, MaryAnn Hernandez, said he is expected to be there at least another three months.

Jeremy's father, James Shultz, said Wednesday that the family needs money most of all.

Goose Creek fire officials said Shultz suffered the burns early on Dec. 30 as he tried to move a gasoline container from flames that had engulfed the back porch of his house at 801 Edmonton Circle.

The container ignited when he tried to move it, family members said.

James Shultz said Hernandez saved his son's life by dousing the flames with a blanket. She then rushed Shultz, their 3-year-old son, Dallas, and her 11-year-old daughter, Cinnamin, out of the burning house.

Shultz is a network camera operator who has covered NFL and NCAA football, as well as NCAA basketball, for CBS Sports and ESPN. He was scheduled to work several bowl games over the New Year's holiday.

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