Written By Dave Statter
Almost one month ago, he was trapped and burned while fighting a house fire.
Now, Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Captain Joe Johnson remains in critical condition.
It’s far from certain that he’ll make a full recovery from thos injuries, and as Dave Statter reports, his relatives including his firefighting family are all trying to stay optimistic.
Dave Statter’s Report
Trinda Reynolds calls her brother, TJ and she isn’t about to give up on him. At the Seat Pleasant firehouse he is known as Joe and they are trying to keep a positive attitude about a bad situation. Volunteer fire Captain Joe Johnson was trapped without air in the basement of a burning house on December 12th. His lungs were filled with superheated air when his mask came off. Reynolds says doctors are concerned there could be some permanent brain damage. 29-year old Joe Johnson, a volunteer for 14 years became so fascinated with firetrucks as a toddler. He’s not the only one who’s recovering from recent injuries.
Last year another Prince George’s firefighter Dino Mahaffey also ended up at the burn unit of the Washington Hospital Center for weeks. Mahaffey had also been trapped in a house fire and suffered respiratory and other burns. Mahaffey recently visited Joe Johnson. As for Reynolds, she spends hours by her brother’s bedside. “I tell him keep on fighting, I am not giving up on him”, she says. Donations can be made to the ‘Joe Johnson Fund at any Bank of America, or you can send them to the Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department.