Saturday, December 15, 2012
Firefighters never fear bursting into burning homes, but
after fighting a blaze this week, Carlisle firefighters feared the worst
and it wasn't because of flames or smoke.
orange flames roared from a home on Thornwood Lane Tuesday night. As
far as fires go, this one was routine. Firefighter Christopher Darhower
tackled the inferno from the inside until he had burning pain from his
"I took a couple deep breaths thinking I would be just fine. It just got worse from there," Darhower said.
The 29 year-old collapsed with shooting pain down his left arm. Fellow firefighter Stephen Truesdell tried to tend to his buddy.
"At that point my heart kinda sank," he said. "I wasn't sure what to expect."
Darhower was rushed to Holy Spirit Hospital, where doctors said he suffered a heart attack due to a blocked artery.
On Friday morning, Engine 241 pulled up to the hospital to pick up something special: their brother.
are a brotherhood, a sisterhood and [we want to show] that we love him
as much as he loves the fire service and loves us," Truesdell said.
was rolled out in a wheelchair under standard procedure and was then
greeted with a hug from Truesdell and a kiss from his girlfriend.
"It's so emotional to me," said Darhower. "It's like being a part of a family."
has quite an extended family. Darhower served tours in Iraq for the
U.S. Army and he's currently a Carlisle police officer. Surely, he's
used to wearing a uniform and protecting the public. Turns out the civic
hero who saves lives needed saving.
just don't think about those things. You take them for granted, the fact
that you're always there helping everybody else out," Darhower said.
"When it all comes back on you, it's a completely different feeling."
now, the feeling doesn't get much better than being alive and well.
Darhower is happy to spend Christmas with his family - minus the cookies
"Looks like salad and a little
bit of dressing," he said laughing. "I love Holy Spirit, but I don't
want to be back here anytime soon." http://m.abc27.com/default.aspx?pid=2705&wnfeedurl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.abc27.com%2fstory%2f20348931%2fyoung-firefighter-survives-heart-attack-released-from-hospital-in-style%3fclienttype%3drssstory