Ray’s Story

Site created on August 16, 2019

Ray was in a major car accident on Tuesday, August 13th around 10:00pm that left him with 3rd degree burns on 20% of his body. Ray was driving home when he lost control of his vehicle and went over a large rock on the side of the road, and into an empty field where his vehicle then caught fire. Thankfully, one of his neighbors heard the crash and rushed to the scene. He pulled Ray out of his vehicle and put out the fire on his body. Another good Samaritan stopped to help, and they pulled Ray behind a tree one minute before the vehicle exploded.  The accident happened near his home in Rescue, CA and he was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center. Ray is critical but stable condition in the UC Davis Burn Center ICU, surrounded by family.  He will need to stay for about 6 weeks while he heals.

DeAnna and the kids are doing as best as can be expected. To help them heal, we ask that you do not call, text, or message DeAnna about updates. We will be posting updates on this website. Please reach out to Gina Seidel, Ray's Sister, for any additional information you may need: Gina Seidel (916) 396-7566 (tel:(916) 396-7566) (tel:(916) 396-7566 (tel:(916) 396-7566)) or ginaseidel69@yahoo.com.

As Ray is in the ICU at the Burn Center, at this time we are limiting visitors as the doctors are trying to keep outside exposure to a minimum to avoid infection. If you would like to come visit DeAnna in the waiting room, please contact Gina.  As healing progresses, visitation will be expanded.

The family is asking that no flowers be sent to Ray so that we can minimize infection, but to instead donate to the Firefighters Burn Institute.
To donate visit: https://DonateNow.networkforgood.org/firefightersburninstitute.

We thank God for sending a guardian angel to Ray that night!  Our family is looking forward to meeting Scott in person to thank him for his selflessness and bravery.   https://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/man-pulled-from-burning-vehicle/

Please feel free to leave well wishes on this site and they will be relayed to Ray.    Cards can be dropped off or mailed to Carol’s restaurant in West Sacramento,  We will laminate them (hospital requirement) and hang them up in his room.

Thank you all for your love and support.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Gina Seidel

Hi everyone, Ray has been home for a few weeks so I wanted to give you all an update on his healing progress. 


Ray is healing really well in every way.  

  • He is staying active with increasing endurance both around the house as well as getting out occasionally, but the more active he is the tighter his skin gets. But he is being diligent about doing his physical therapy, as well as his wound care which itself takes about 3 hours/day. Itchiness is bugging him the most right now.
  • He has attended Arissa’s softball game (in the shade of course), hung out with his hero and new friend Scott, and even done a little shopping.
  • He has been fitted for all of his compression garments.
  • He has been to the burn specialist in San Francisco and is going back there for some special treatments next week. He is hoping to then be able to get off of his last pain medication.
  • He can’t wait to be able to drive again! He hates being chauffeured :)
  • He has some saccades going on in his eyes so Ray is doing special eye exercises and the eye specialist continues to monitor that.


He has come so far in his physical and mental recovery in just under 6 weeks.  He, DeAnna and our entire family are so grateful for every one of your prayers, well wishes and cards.  I will post updates probably monthly to keep you all apprised of his continued progress.


Love from Ray and family

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