Critically hurt firefighter escorted home after rehab
Newark firefighter Paul Leber was released to continue recovery at home and was greeted by a crowd of colleagues cheering him on
By FireRescue1 Staff
NEWARK, N.J. — A firefighter who has spent the last month in a rehabilitation facility after being critically injured while battling a blaze was escorted home by colleagues in a fire truck.
Leber was trapped in a burning tire shop on Dec. 30 when he became disoriented and could not exit. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition with burns to his face and airway.
"We are thankful that (Paul) Leber has reached this significant milestone in his recovery," Newark Director of Public Safety Anthony Ambrose said. "Over the past month, I've come to consider Paulie a friend. I've spoken to him almost every day since he was injured and I'm proud of him and for what he stands for."