SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - There was a surprise visitor as Channel 7 and TV20 Detroit staffers gathered for a regularly scheduled meeting this morning. Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth walked in to Broadcast House for the first time since a July 4 fireworks accident where he lost his left eye.
With his trademark sense of humor, Rexroth entered a station conference room, wrapped in bubble wrap, with his wife Deb at his side. After a standing ovation, he explained that his wife's friend provided the protective wrapper so he wouldn't hurt himself any more than he has.
"My tear ducts still work which is nice," said an emotional Rexroth who thanked the station staff for their support over the last few weeks.
Rexroth said he was amazed by the outpouring of support from viewers and those who have reached out to him on Facebook and Twitter since the accident.
"My family has grown by all of you," he said to his coworkers. "And especially all our viewers too."
"It's just been incredible the amount of support I've gotten," Rexroth said.
Dave said he would be receiving a new prosthetic eye in a few weeks and explained that he hopes to be back on TV in September.
He explained his injuries to the Action News team and he talked about learning to live without some of the depth perception he had in the past.
Dave was injured July 4 during a fireworks accident that occurred while he was visiting family in Iowa. Less than a week later, it was clear that he would lose his left eye as a result of his injuries. He's since undergone several surgeries and will return to Iowa to be fitted with a prosthetic eye.