Michael Guitreau is still in the ICU at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport one day after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on his way to work.
The 28-year-old firefighter and father of four was traveling south on Mississippi 603 near Kiln-Waveland Cutoff Road on Wednesday when he struck another vehicle.
Guitreau spent much of Wednesday in surgery as doctors removed his ruptured spleen and worked on both of his legs, with more work still to be done.
Bay St. Louis Fire Chief Monty Strong said Thursday afternoon Guitreau remains on a ventilator, although they're hopeful he'll be taken off the system after another surgery on his left leg Friday.
Firefighter Andrew Needum, one of the heroes of ill-fated Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, brushed off accolades for his efforts Thursday, saying he is "no different than any other firefighter."
Needum, surrounded by family members, spoke to reporters at his firehouse in Celina, Texas. He and real estate agent Tim McGinty drew national acclaim for pulling passenger Jennifer Riordan out of a smashed window during Tuesday's ordeal.
Extensive efforts to revive Riordan failed, and she was the flight's lone fatality. Needum declined to detail the event.
"Out of respect for her family, I am going to leave that alone," he said. "I am trained for emergency situations, and that is exactly what it was."
A captain with Polk County Fire and Rescue is under internal investigation for fighting a house fire earlier this month in North Lakeland while he was off duty.
A complaint has been filed against firefighter Jay Schwartz, who is also union president of the Polk County IAFF Local 3531, county officials said.
“There are allegations against him working at a scene while he was off duty,” said Joe Halman, deputy county manager. “Once we get all the facts we’ll determine if there were any violations of policy.” Halman declined to release additional details about the investigation, citing its ongoing nature.
Schwartz, who did not return a phone message, can be seen in a video provided to The Ledger fighting a house fire on West Daughtery Road on April 4.
Schwartz, who isn’t wearing any protective gear, picks up a hose once the fire truck arrives and begins spraying a burning house at 704 W. Daughtery Road.
Robert Cordani had always been there for other people.
Whether it was as a firefighter in Wurtsboro, an EMT for the Mamakating First Aid Squad, or a neighbor, friend or brother.
“He was one of those neighbors or friends that if you needed something, 24 hours a day, he’s down there to help you,” said his brother, Art Cordani.
When Robert Cordani died on Saturday, he was doing what he has his whole life: helping others.
Cordani responded to a medical call for a neighbor suffering from cardiac arrest about 6 p.m. in Wurtsboro Hills and began to perform CPR before collapsing from a cardiac arrest of his own, according to a statement from Wurtsboro Fire Chief Richard Dunn.
How tough is Anchorage firefighter Ben Schultz? That is what he says he found out over the last several months after a devastating fall from a ladder in June in Anchorage.
"I'd say the biggest positive is that I've seen the worst part of my life and seeing how I can overcome that," Schultz said while recovering in Omaha, Nebraska. "With the Lord's help and family and friends and their support; and I go, okay, I can handle a lot and I'm looking forward to what the future's going to provide."
Schultz sat down for a one-on-one interview with KTVA 11 last week in Omaha. KTVA visited Schultz at Quality Living Inc.'s rehabilitation campus, where he's undergoing therapy.
During his stay, the firefighter has worked on firefighting and EMS training. He has also done plenty of cardio therapy, including swimming. He is in rehab between six and eight hours a day during the week.