Video: NJ fire chief who had medical emergency fighting 167-acre blaze released from hospital
East Dover Fire Company District Chief Brian Sauers went into cardiac arrest while battling the blaze
OCEAN COUNTY, N.J. — Over one month after going into cardiac arrest while battling a forest fire that burned through 167 acres in Ocean County, Brian Sauers is going home.
Sauers, the chief of the East Dover Fire Company District in Toms River, was released from Ocean Medical Center in Brick on Friday, according to videos and photos provided to NJ Advance Media. The chief was cheered on by dozens of onlookers who gathered to celebrate his release, the media shows.
escort outPosted by East Dover Fire Company on Friday, April 23, 2021
Posted by East Dover Fire Company on Friday, April 23, 2021
He suffered a medical emergency on March 14 as the blaze burned through sections of woods in Lakewood and Jackson and was rushed to the hospital, where he remained in critical condition for a few days until his condition was upgraded to stable, authorities said.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced on March 19 that the blaze, which destroyed several buildings and shuttered the Garden State Parkway for hours, was intentionally set.
Billhimer said at the time that investigators located the origin of the fire, but did not comment on the cause. The investigation was continuing this month and no arrests or suspects were announced.
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Escort HomePosted by East Dover Fire Company on Friday, April 23, 2021
Chief Sauers' daughter KristinPosted by East Dover Fire Company on Friday, April 23, 2021