Critically Injured New Haven (CT) Firefighter to Be Released from Second Hospital

New Haven fire apparatus
Tribune News Service

Pam McLoughlin

New Haven Register, Conn.

(MCT)

Jun. 9—NEW HAVEN — Critically injured firefighter Lt. Samod “Nuke” Rankins is scheduled to be released today from Yale-New Haven Hospital and his family is thanking all for the well-wishes and prayers.

Rankins, 29, was admitted to Yale New Haven Hospital earlier this week for tests after experiencing pain at home.

Family spokesman, retired fire Capt. Gary Tinney, said Tuesday that Rankins was going to be released, but he isn’t allowed visitors.

“It’s imperative he gets some well-deserved rest,” Tinney said.

Rankins, a popular figure in the community, was critically injured in a May 12 fire on Valley Street that killed his friend, fellow firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr.

“He’s definitely alert and oriented,” Tinney said Sunday. “He’s currently going through some testing. He reiterated his appreciation for everyone’s continued support and prayers”

Tinney said his close friend is a “trooper to say the least.”

“He’s a very strong willed young man,” Tinney said of Rankins.

In a statement sent by his communications director, Mayor Justin Elicker said he wished Rankins “a speedy recovery.”

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