Burned fire capt.'s wife speaks out about his progress

His wife said they wouldn't be able to make it through without the generous donations, fundraisers and support of their community


FRESNO, Calif. — Family members say Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern is making good progress ever since he fell through the roof of a burning home back in March.

You've heard people say "we're living one day at a time." For the Dern family, those words really ring true. Family milestones have been spent at the burn center, but they say they're doing it together, and they've got the support of an entire community behind them. What happened to Captain Dern gripped the nation. Dramatic cellphone video caught his fall — Dern dropping into a burning home, his team members rushing to pull him to safety.

From that moment, his wife, Kelly, knew she had only two options. She said, "I can make a choice: I can stay at home, crawl in a hole, not face what's out there, or I can get up, grab hold of the day and make it the best I can." And she says also, from day one, was the brother and sisterhood of an entire department. "I just don't think I could have done it without that," Kelly Dern said.

Full story: Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern's Family Talks About His Progress

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