By Dan Alexander, New Jersey 101.5
The Forest Fire Service firefighter who collapsed while battling the Lakewood wildfire weeks ago regained consciousnesses on Wednesday and is making progress, according to his family.
The wind-whipped fire along the Garden State Parkway burned 167 acres on March 14. Dozens of homes were put at risk on both sides of the highway. Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said a preliminary investigation determined the fire was intentionally set but no arrests have been made.
The firefighter was identified by his son to New Jersey 101.5 as Brian Sauers who is in his early 60s, a volunteer member of the East Dover Fire Company and a municipal engineer for Lakewood. He was working the fire in back of the Lowe’s store on the Brick/Lakewood border when he collapsed, his said.
“He is awake, he is no longer intubated, he is talking. We’re just getting into the real testing phase to try and really find out what happened ” Sauers Jr. said.
Sauers Jr. said the family doesn’t have a clear answer as to just what caused his father’s collapse but so far his tests look good with no sign of a heart attack. It’s been difficult for the family to watch their “rock” be unconscious for 17 days.
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