Severely hurt firefighter gets hero’s welcome when released from hospital
Paul Leber, who was injured while battling a tire shop blaze, was applauded by colleagues and police officers before being transported to a rehab facility
By FireRescue1 Staff
NEWARK, N.J. — A firefighter who was seriously injured while battling a tire shop blaze received a hero’s welcome as he was released from the hospital.
NJ.com reported that 10-year fire veteran Paul Leber waved to a crowd of colleagues and police officers who stood outside the hospital and applauded him before he was put in an ambulance to be transported to a rehab facility.
"We are honored to have a firefighter who is so committed to the safety of our city that he put his own life on the line for it," Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement. "His selfless act of bravery serves as a brilliant example to firefighters everywhere. We continue to pray for Firefighter Leber's swift recovery."
Leber, who is also a U.S. Navy veteran, was in critical condition Dec. 30 after being pulled out of the fire by colleagues.
"They are willing to risk their lives by entering burning buildings to ensure that others survive,” Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said about the firefighters who saved Leber. "We are grateful to see Firefighter Leber's progress following his serious injuries, and we are also proud of his heroic act on behalf of the City of Newark.
A GoFundMe was also created to help with Leber’s hospital bills. Click here to donate.