OWEGO, N.Y. — Capt. Matthew Porcari, 34, died late Monday night when he fell through the floor at a residential structure fire in Owego, N.Y. Firefighter Daniel Gavin, 28, was also injured in the collapse and is now at the burn unit in an upstate N.Y. hospital.
Porcari had been a firefighter with Owego Fire Department since 1995; he leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Owego Deputy Fire Chief Bob Williams told PressConnects.com that Porcari, "was a dedicated fireman and captain."
Gavin is a lieutenant who joined the department in 2000.
One local media outlet reports that a call for a medical helicopter was denied due to bad weather.
Six fire departments responded to the structure, which burned to the ground.
Owego is an all-volunteer fire department that protects 26,000 residents in a 63-square-mile area out of four stations.
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Mark GreenTuesday, January 22, 2013 10:26:39 AMBad, very bad!
David NelsonTuesday, January 22, 2013 12:19:04 PMvery sad my prayers go out to the families and fellow firefighters.
Nelson GoldenMonday, January 28, 2013 6:43:16 AMRest in peace brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and all fellow brothers. And to brother Gavin hope you have a speedy recovery emotionally and physically.