WXYZ’s chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth lost his left eye in a fireworks accident on July 4. The Detroit weatherman was celebrating Independence Day in Iowa City, Iowa with his family. He will undergo surgery to replace the eye with a prosthetic one at a local Iowa City hospital on July 9, according to WXYZ Detroit.
Viewers have already started flooding the station with get well wishes for their favorite weather man as seen in the video above.
Find out how the meteorologist’s holiday weekend went terribly wrong.
1. A Fireworks Accident Caused Rexroth’s Serious Injury
Rexroth suffered the injury to his left eye on July 4 due to a fireworks accident. The incident caused the meteorologist to lose vision in his left eye. No other details were given as to the circumstances surrounding the accident, according to USA Today.
Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of the station, gave this statement to WXYZ’s report:
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.
2. Rexroth Is Expected to Recover By September
Rexroth remained in an Iowa City hospital following the accident. He will undergo surgery for his eye that will “begin the process of Dave receiving a prosthetic eye,” according to WXYZ. He is expected to make a full recovery by September.
Last year, Rexroth suffered a severe injury to his left hand that left him in a cast for much of the fall. He did have Dr. Oz check out the hand’s progress when he visited the station in May, according to Rexroth’s Facebook page.
3. Rexroth Was Vacationing With His Family in Iowa City
Rexroth and his family travelled to Iowa City, Iowa to celebrate the Fourth of July festivities. The weather man lives with his wife Deborah and their three sons in Oakland County. He enjoys coaching his boys’ baseball and basketball teams, according to his WXYZ bio page.
4. Rexroth Has Worked for WXYZ Detroit for 14 Years
Rexroth joined WXYZ Detroit as a meteorologist in 2000 as part of Channel 7’s Action News this Morning and Action News at Noon broadcasts, according to his WXYZ bio. The station named him Chief Meteorologist in 2010 and he provides the local forecast for all of southeast Michigan.
Watch him spread some spring cheer in a broadcast from March 2014 above.
He previously worked in Miami, Florida for WFOR-TV and for WRGB in Albany, New York. He started at WOI in Des Moines, Iowa after graduating from Luther College in Iowa.
5. WXYZ Detroit Viewers Are Sending Rexroth ‘Get Well Soon’ Messages
Rexroth’s loyal viewers have shared their get well wishes on the meterologist’s and WXYZ Detroit’s Facebook pages. They also have sent him tweets and photo messages to the station’s website email.