Injured PA Firefighter Returns Home

A Lancaster city (PA) firefighter left rehab and returned home three months after being badly burned in a fire that killed two people.

Lieutenant Andre Kelley left the rehab hospital Wednesday morning, the Intelligencer Journal reported ( 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.


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