DENVER, CO. — A Denver firefighter rushes into a burning home early Sunday morning trying to save lives, but instead he almost lost his own. He talked exclusively to 7NEWS about how he survived his dangerous fall.
Lt. Troy Medina, along with a 65-person crew, was dispatched to a burning 5,000-square-foot home in Cherry Creek North at about 4:15 a.m. Sunday.
He and his colleagues had cleared the first floor quickly, and Medina had gone upstairs to the second floor, using thermal imaging sensors to check for people and other fire spots.
The second floor was so hot that Medina conducted his search on his hands and knees. The problem was, as he went forward, he ran out of hallway on the second floor and he was suddenly airborne.
“I just went down head first, into the darkness,” said Medina. “I came down on both my hands. And I heard my back pop, and you know, both my wrists.”
He is still sore, has a broken left elbow, and still has slight cuts to his face. But he can walk and chase after his three young girls who have some understanding of what happened.
“He fell through a fire,” his daughter Ashley Medina said.
After seven years with the Denver Fire Department, this is Medina’s first serious brush with pain.
“That’s my worst nightmare is to get a phone call that he’s in the hospital,” said his wife Brady Medina.
Despite the scare, Troy Medina said as soon as he gets the OK from department doctors he’ll be right back in the action.
“Of course you could hit your head, you could fall on your neck. You know, many things can happen, but you can’t look at it that way. We go in. We do a job and we try to do it the best we can,” he said.
Medina realizes how lucky he is to still be alive. There was a table saw, blade face-up, right next to where he had landed.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.