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Saturday, January 15, 2011

MetroRegion Kansas City NEWS: Springfield Paramedic-Firefighters- Make Dramatic Rescue of 2 Girls in House Fire

Five were injured- two women already outside- two trapped girls and a Springfield MO paramedic who attempted to save them in a house fire in that south-central Missouri city around 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning.

The paramedic crew was first on the scene and found the 2 women already outside-  but two girls were trapped in a bedroom.

(Photos are courtesy of The SPRINGFIELD (MO) NEWS-LEADER AND Bruce Stidham )

According to The SPRINGFIELD (MO) NEWS-LEADER- paramedic Joe Heath who works for St. John's (Medical Center) EMS- who didn't have an air tank- broke the bedroom window and went inside and found one of the girls and brought her outside.

The paramedic was overcome by smoke- but a Springfield Fire department crewmember who had just arrived finished the rescue of the 2nd child.

All five were taken to a Springfield hospital- paramedic Heath was treated and released.

The rescued girls had suffered burns and "heavy smoke inhalation-" but were "breathing and conscious" while enroute to the hospital- stated the NEWS-LEADER story.

Captain Spaulding salutes Paramedic Heath- as well as the fire rescue crew members "Capt. John Grier and rescue specialists Jeff Elliott and Scott Lambeth-" and wish the survivors a speedy and full recovery!


Rick said...

It's not mentioned in this story, but a Springfield Police Officer also entered the house and assisted in trying to save the girls, he received burns to his ears during the rescue attempt. Here is a link to this story with additional information.

julie said...

If im not mistaken that officer, after being treated, stayed with the family all day then went home and returned the next morning and stayed with us as well