Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs imaginable. While comprehensive training and protective gear can be helpful to reduce the threat of injury, there is no guaranty of safety when firefighters are racing into burning buildings hoping to rescue victims. The risk of smoke inhalation, heat exhaustion, or being trapped or hit by burning debris on the job is substantial. Amazingly, some firefighters do not even get paid for the dangerous work, instead they volunteer their time for the good of the community.
A 25-year old Maryland volunteer firefighter is being called a hero after he lost his life in a work-related injury while attempting to locate a 58-year old man trapped in a burning house. After rushing into the house in search of the victim, the firefighter suffered devastating injuries and was pulled out of the three alarm fire by his co-workers. He was taken to the hospital and placed on life support, but his injuries were too severe to be repaired. The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation by authorities.
The man’s family, friends, co-workers and twin brother are devastated by his loss of life, and flags were lowered to half-staff in his honor. It is likely that the family may have significant medical expenses associated with the incident. People in this type of situation might find it helpful to consult with experienced legal counsel to learn how to apply for all available compensation. For instance, workers’ compensation may cover volunteer workers and pay out some benefits to survivors.
Source: CBS Baltimore, “Volunteer Firefighter Dies From Injuries In 3-Alarm Fatal Fire In Reisterstown,” May 2, 2013