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How you can help Caledonia firefighter's son who was hurt after SUV plowed through Waukesha parade

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Erick Tiegs

Erick Tiegs is shown smiling in a tie and button-down.

WAUKESHA — The son of a Caledonia firefighter is among the more than 40 people injured after an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade Sunday afternoon, leaving at least five people dead, according to local police.

According to Facebook posts from Firefighter Don Tiegs of the Caledonia Fire Department, his son, Erick Tiegs, suffered a broken femur, multiple broken ribs, a bruised lung and a broken ear bone that was originally feared to have been a skull fracture. He was expected to go into surgery late Monday morning at Children's Wisconsin Hospital in Wauwatosa; that hospital reported taking in 18 patients Sunday related to the parade, ages 3-16.

Christmas Parade SUV

Police tape cordons off a street in Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

In a Monday morning post, Don Tiegs wrote "It was a long night for him (Erick). His left leg is in traction and has a c collar (cervical collar) on."

Monday afternoon, Don Tiegs posted on Facebook that "Erick is out of surgery. Everything went very well with placing the femur rod and screws. They did place a chest tube to help control this pneumothorax. They said his lung is severely bruised and will take time.

"Thanks again for everything. The offers of assistance is overwhelming. (We) are exhausted and dealing with changing conditions that we may not answer everyone. But please know we are so great full to you all."

As of Monday morning, Erick Tiegs was one of more than half-a-dozen youths in Children's Hospital's intensive care unit because of the parade tragedy.

Erick Tiegs

Erick Tiegs, a multi-sport athlete, is shown pitching here.

According to his own Facebook page, Erick Tiegs is a multi-sport student-athlete at Waukesha South High School.

The Caledonia Police Department on Facebook shared a fundraiser for the family's medical bills that is hosted on the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation website. To donate or learn more, go to

Erick Tiegs' brother Tyson was also at the parade, but was unharmed, Don Tiegs said.

Five people — women ages 52, 52, 71 and 79, and an 81-year-old man — died, according to the Waukesha Police Department.

Darrell Brooks Jr. of Milwaukee has been identified as the primary suspect as the driver of the SUV, causing the casualties and fatalities. Multiple media outlets have reported that Brooks has a long criminal history that includes hitting others with cars. The Washington Post has reported that Brooks was fleeing a knife fight when he allegedly ran over participants and spectators on the Waukesha parade route. After his most recent alleged offense, his bail was set at $1,000, which the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office said Monday was "inappropriately low" in retrospect.

The parade is now being considered a "mass casualty incident."

Horrific videos shared online show an SUV plowing through marchers in the parade, old and young, then speeding away from the scene. Police said at least one officer fired at the vehicle, unsuccessfully trying to stop the tragedy.

The area where the horrors occurred are expected to be closed off throughout the day Monday as officers continue to gather evidence.

Waukesha Parade

A police officer patrols West Main Street in downtown Waukesha after an SUV drove into Christmas parade-goers Sunday.

All Waukesha public schools canceled classes Monday following the tragedy.

According to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, one priest and several other Catholic parishioners from the area were among those hurt.

Update: This story initially incorrectly stated the high school Erick Tiegs attended. It has now been corrected.

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