Dave Rexroth talks about fireworks accident, says viewers' well wishes give him strength

(WXYZ) - WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth says he is so thankful for viewers' well wishes and that the kind words from everyone in Detroit and across southeast Michigan are giving him strength in this difficult time.

Dave Rexroth was injured while vacationing with his family in Iowa City, Iowa. A fireworks accident, which happened on July 4, caused Dave to lose sight in his left eye.

Earlier this week, Dave underwent surgery where doctors removed his eye and prepared it for a prosthetic fitting.

"We were having fun and I don’t remember exactly what happened, but I did everything that they tell you not to do with fireworks and before I knew what was really going on, I was in shock," said Dave about the accident.

Dave says he didn't know the extent of his injuries immediately.

"I knew more or less that something had happened to my face and of course, the first thing I thought of was my wife and my boys," said Dave. "Soon after that, I thought of my job that I love so much and the way that I get to connect to people through my work." 

He tells us that the worst part about the accident was the guilt and embarrassment he felt afterward. 

"The hardest part for me to turn a corner on so far is the guilt that I have having put my family through what I’ve put them through so far," said Dave. "It’s an embarrassment to some level, but really the feeling of tremendous stupidity and guilt has really been the hardest thing to handle."

On July 4, doctors operated on Dave for more than seven hours trying to save his eye. He found out shortly afterward that his eye could not be saved and that they would have to remove it.

"I thought--to be honest with you-- that would be the worst of it, but that was actually the best of it," said Dave. "Once we got to that point, I knew at that point what was done was done and moving on was most important."

Dave says it is the outpouring of love and support from not only his family and friends, but from viewers all across metro Detroit that really is pushing him through. 

"I know it’s going to be hard going forward, but you know, you have people who know you or are close to you and care so much —but then you know you have that other group of people that are connected to you and they care so much. It is unbelievable how much that strengthens somebody," said Dave. 

From everyone here at 7 Action News, we look forward to the day when we can see Dave's smiling face back in the newsroom. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time. As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress – and we look forward to his return to Action News,” said Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ.

Share your "Get well soon" message with Dave Rexroth:

 -- Show Dave you're thinking of him with a photo to sendit@wxyz.com

 -- Post a message on Channel 7's Facebook page

 -- Leave a note on Dave's Facebook page

 -- Send a "Get well" tweet to @rexroth7wxyz

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