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. reported that Newark Fire Department firefighter Paul Leber was greeted by firefighters, officials and friends who lined the walkway as he exited the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

Posted by Newark NJ Department of Public Safety on Thursday, February 1, 2018


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."


Newark Firefighter Paul Leber has been released from Kessler Institute And is on the way home on his Engine , Engine Co 7. 📸Rob Munson

Posted by Newark Fire Department- NJ - info on Thursday, February 1, 2018


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