Fire Lt. Samond Rankins’s condition is improving as he remains hospitalized a day and a half after a Valley Street fire that led to the death of one of his colleagues, Ricardo Torres Jr.
Assistant Fire Chief Justin McCarthy gave that update Thursday afternoon during a press conference at New Haven Fire Department headquarters at 942 Grand Ave.
McCarthy said that Rankins — known by friends as “Nuke” — is still at Bridgeport Hospital’s burn unit following injuries he sustained while responding with fellow city firefighters to an overnight fire at 190 Valley St. on Wednesday. That same fire led to the death of Torres and injured two fellow city firefighters, Tyrone Reed and Tyler Skolnik, who all helped rescue two occupants of the two-family house.
McCarthy said Thursday that Fire Chief John Alston is currently in Bridgeport with Rankins and his family.
While the city firefighter lieutenant’s condition “has been steadily improving,” McCarthy said, “his family is requesting that prayers continue.”
Rankins was reportedly put in a medically induced coma after arriving at the hospital on Wednesday.
In a city email sent out Thursday, Mayor Justin Elicker wrote that Rankins “suffered significant injuries [during the Valley Street fire], but we are grateful that he is now listed in stable but critical condition as he begins his arduous journey toward recovery.”
Click here to read more on Rankins’ condition in a story by the New Haven Register’s Pam McGloughlin.
Click here for more on the story from the New Haven Independent.
NBC Connecticut story on Lt. Rankins
New Haven Register Story on Lt. Rankins