Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighting, Leadership

Injured MD Firefighter Undergoes Surgery to Reattach Severed Arm

Surgeons worked for nine hours to reattach the arm of a Maryland firefighter who was injured in a serious crash yesterday.

WTOP reports ( that West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department Lieutenant Ryan Emmons was doing well Thursday morning after undergoing the surgery. Doctors told reporters Emmons faces several critical days ahead after the comprehensive operation.

Three other firefighters were among the seven people injured in a 3 a.m. crash along the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway that involved a fire apparatus, tractor trailer, and SUV. Police say that the big rig rear-ended the apparatus as the truck attempted to make a U-turn.

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