July 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Detroit TV meteorologist thanks viewers after fireworks eye injury

Dave Rexroth, WXYZ's chief meteorologist, seriously injured in fireworks accident in Iowa (WXYZ)

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth posted his first public message on social media Tuesday afternoon days after a fireworks accident over the Fourth of July weekend caused him to lose sight in his left eye.

“Although the past few days have been challenging, I have been overwhelmed by the love and kind words from not only those closest to me but every single one of you,” Rexroth wrote on his Facebook page. “Over my 14 years in Detroit and southeast Michigan, I've been truly blessed with the most caring and supportive viewers, coworkers and friends ever.”

Rexroth was hospitalized after a fireworks accident that happened while he was on vacation with his family in Iowa, according to WXYZ. He was expected to undergo surgery Wednesday in Iowa City, the first step in receiving a prosthetic eye, according to the station.

“Your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement are really helping me get through this,” Rexroth wrote. “Thank you all so much. I look forward to being back on air and being able to thank you directly.”

Rexroth, the station’s chief meteorologist since August 2010, provides weather updates during the 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts. He is expected to return in September.

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