Austin Firefighters Rescue Man from Burning Home

By: ralphbarrera

Sep 30 2009

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Focal Length:19mm
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Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

Austin firefighters from Engine 20 at 6601 Manchaca Rd. in south Austin became unsung heros early Monday morning when they responded to a house fire at 5511 Salem Walk and rescued a man who was overcome with smoke inhalation and unconscious. Fire Specialist Joel Stearns and firefighter Nick Archer performed an immediate search of the home and retrieved the man and then started CPR. He is alive and listed in critical condition at Brooks Army Medical Center Burn Unit in San Antonio. A woman and child were also treated at the scene but they had already escaped the house when the engine arrived. The firefighters who responded to the fire and rescue are from L-R: Joel Stearns, Fire Specialist, Richard Vecchione, Special Operations, Nick Archer, Firefighter, Stephen Hope, Fire Specialist, and Lt. Matt Cox. The engine company is one of 15 in the city that is using a device called the “Lucas”, an automated chest compression system that utilizes an air tank to provide perfect compressions to a victim thus freeing up the firefighters to perform other tasks. The Lucas is a trial program being utilized by AFD with much success. When asked about the successful rescue of a patient from a burning house Fire Specialist Joel Stearns responded, “It was nice and he’s still alive.”

Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman


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