Fire Lt. Danielle O’Hearn (and mother of 5) of the Somerville Fire Department remained humble while telling her story after being injured during a rescue. and mother of five told her story after being injured during a heroic rescue. “I just happened to be the person who went up the ladder first,” she said. She and fellow firefighters rescued elderly grandparents early Wednesday morning from a burning second-floor porch. “We removed the first victim. She went down the ladder. The fire conditions got worse,” said O’Hearn.
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And it was a complicated rescue. Firefighters had to break spindles out of the porch to get to the couple. Then, the grandfather became stuck. “He was stuck on the ladder. He couldn’t get himself to remove himself to go down the ladder,” O’Hearn said. “The fire had engulfed the second-floor porch at that point, so the least of our concern was falling.” With the help of another firefighter, O’Hearn jumped with him.
“I wrapped my legs around his chest, I grabbed his shoulders, and we jumped off,” she said. “We hit the first-floor shed, then down onto the ground.” O’Hearn was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for injuries to her head, ankle and hand. Another firefighter suffered burns.
HERE IS AN INTERVIEW WITH LT DANIELLE O’HEARN