Lieutenant Andre Kelley left the rehab hospital Wednesday morning, the Intelligencer Journal reported (http://bit.ly/10I5Nbj). A procession of firefighters from various municipalities led Kelley back home.
Kelley suffered burns on 40 percent of his body when he entered a burning home in hopes of rescuing two trapped residents during a February fire. He has undergone extensive rehab and a series of skin grafts to repair the damage he sustained in a flashover on the fireground. The victims, a 38-year-old woman and six-year-old girl, died in the fire.
Two others firefighters also sustained injuries: Tom Bender sustained first- and second-degree burns and Craig Robertson broke a vertebra.
The community has rallied around the Kelley family, holding at least a dozen fund raisers that have raised tens of thousands of dollars to assist them.
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For additional firefighter training information on flashover and dynamic fire behavior, consider FLASHOVER RISK MANAGEMENT, FLASHOVER AND BACKDRAFT: A Primer, and SURVIVAL TRAINING IN THE FLASHOVER SIMULATOR.