Iowa Firefighter Describes Near Miss

A veteran Des Moines (IA) firefighter described a near miss he experienced during a fire Saturday at the Equitable Building in the city’s downtown.  

According to a report from KCCI (, Herrera made four trips inside the Equitable Building during Saturday’s fire. It was on the fourth trip following a hoseline down a darkened stairwell when, exhuasted, he accidentally knocked his mask off.

He was separated from his crew, disoriented and in the dark, and trying to put his mask on.

Another firefighter, Josh Onley, found Herrera and carried him down two flights of stairs. Herrera suffered a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder.


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