Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 12, 2013

Fundraiser for burned worker set for Feb. 26

ASHLAND — A benefit for a man badly burned last month in an industrial accident will be at noon Feb. 23 at the Ashland Eagles Club.

Money raised will go to Josh Barton and his family.

Barton, 36, an employee of Stein Inc., suffered third-degree burns over 25 percent of his body in the accident Jan. 24 at AK Steel’s Ashland Works. Stein is an AK Steel contractor.

Barton’s wife, Pam, said her husband was flash-burned by oxygen escaping from a leaky valve. He was initially given only a 50 percent chance of survival.

Josh Barton has been in the burn intensive care unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital since the accident. He has undergone three surgeries and is facing at least six more, his wife said.

“It really depends on whether the skin grafts take,” she said. “If they don’t, he’s going to have to have more surgeries.”

Pam Barton said the best-case scenario for her husband was nine weeks in the hospital, and he could be there for as long as 16 weeks. She also said she hadn’t left the hospital since he was brought there and intended to stay with him the entire time.

The couple had been living in Ironton, but are planning to move to Ashland because their 8-year-old son is living with his grandparents here and had to change schools, she said.

Pam Barton said she and her husband are longtime members of the Eagles and members of the dart team based there, so the club agreed to host the benefit, which will feature live music, food, prize drawings, food and a dart tournament. The club also will donate 25 cents from every drink sold during the event to the Bartons.

The lineup of musical performers is as follows:

‰Kebo Cyrus, noon.

‰The Return, 1 p.m.

‰Southern Thunder, 2 p.m.

‰MayDay, 3 p.m.

‰Cornbread Mafia, 4 p.m.

‰Hollow Hills, 5 p.m.

‰Lickity Split, 6 p.m.

‰Alias, 7 p.m.

‰Stacce Lawson and Under Social, 8 p.m.

‰Gypzy Roze, 9 p.m.

Sign-up for the dart tournament will be at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $10 a person, with half the money going to the Bartons and the other half for prizes.

Even though Josh Barton won’t be able to attend the event, he will be connected to it via Skype, so attendees may communicate with him, Pam Barton said.

She also said her husband spoke on Wednesday for the first time since the accident, so “It has been a pretty good day for me.”

There is no admission charge for the event. Dennis “Slim” Thevin, a DJ with rock station 92.7 & 98.5 The Planet, will be master of ceremonies.

For more information, call Pam Barton at (740) 479-1931 or Rick Barton, Josh’s father, at (740) 550-1211.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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