Hero Firefighter Rescues Unconscious Man from Brooklyn Blaze

NY Post - January 13, 2020

by Craig McCarthy

A firefighter crawled through a roaring fire to save an unconscious man in a Brooklyn apartment building Sunday morning, officials said.

FDNY Capt. Christopher Livolsi told reporters that the resident would have “without a doubt” died without the heroism of firefighter Brian Gorman.

The resident was a 43-year-old man, sources told The Post.

The blaze started just after 5:15 a.m. on the second floor the four-story building on 45th Street near Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, authorities said.

When Ladder 114 arrived, its members were told by someone at the scene where the fire was and that someone was inside the home, according to Livolsi.

The blaze at first blocked firefighters from rescuing the resident, who was lying on the floor next to his bed unconscious, Livolsi said.

Then one of them sprayed a water tank through the flames to create a tunnel on the floor for Gorman to crawl through and pull the man to safety, the official said.

“Time is crucial because that extinguisher only had a few gallons of water,” Livolsi said.

The victim was rushed to Lutheran Hospital in serious condition. His current condition was not released.

About 60 firefighters had the blaze in under an hour.

A spokesman for FDNY said the accidental fire started in the kitchen from “careless cooking.”