Sunday, July 6, 2014
Sad Day In NYC
From the NY Daily News:
An FDNY lieutenant recently hailed as a hero for saving a 7-year-old Williamsburg boy was killed Saturday night fighting a blaze in a Brooklyn high-rise, authorities said.
Lt. Gordon Matthew Ambelas, 40, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, was searching for victims as he and members of Ladder 119 beat back flames on the 19th floor of the Independence Towers on Wilson St. at about 9:10 p.m.
Ambelas got trapped in the fire in an apartment and suffered mortal injuries, Mayor de Blasio told reporters early Sunday.
“We have lost a real hero tonight and our hearts are heavy,” de Blasio said, standing next to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro at a hastily arranged press conference at Woodhull Medical Center.Pearl Gabel/New York Daily News
“He was trapped deep into the (burning) apartment and he did sustain multiple injuries,” Nigro said. “Ambelas went into the apartment to search for life and did not come out, and by the
time his brother firefighters found him, it was too late for him.”
When his team found him, Ambelas was unconscious. Firefighters rushed him to the first floor, where he was seen being taken on a stretcher to an ambulance.
“They were performing CPR (on him) as the firefighter was coming out the door,” said witness Alexander Lantiqua, 47. “They were screaming to get out of the way.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/firefighter-critical-condition-brooklyn-blaze-article-1.1856407#ixzz36gUW6iLb
Just another example where you go to work and for whatever reason, you don't come home. It is a danger cops and firefighters face each day.