FDNY rookies save critically injured man from burning apartment

Recent academy graduate Dave Guzick and Steve Hayes, who recently finished probation, forced the apartment door open to rescue the victim

By John Annese
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — Two firefighters, one with just a few months on the job, pulled a critically injured man from a burning Washington Heights apartment building Sunday night, an FDNY spokesman said.

The blaze broke out just before 5:30 p.m., on the fourth floor of a building in the Rangel Houses along the Harlem River Drive.

Ladder 28 firefighters Dave Guzick, who graduated the FDNY academy in October, and Steve Hayes, who recently finished probation, forced open the apartment door open, according to the spokesman.

They found the victim between his bed and a wall, and brought him to out to the building’s hallway, where firefighters, supervised by Lt. Jack Vormitag, performed CPR.

The Bravest then carried the victim to the first floor, where paramedics took him to Harlem Hospital's trauma center in critical condition, the spokesman said.

In addition, a firefighter went to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital with minor injuries, according to the spokesman.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control just before 6 p.m. Its cause is under investigation.

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