Local Firefighters Give Family Gift of Life

SI Advance - December 26, 2009

by Andrea Boyarsky

Three firefighters from Staten Island delivered an early Christmas gift to a Brooklyn family Wednesday morning when they rescued a father and daughter from their burning apartment.

Staten Islanders John Fischer and Robbie Mitchell of Ladder Co. 105 and Don Campbell of Ladder Co. 122 were among the firefighters who responded to the 2:47 a.m. blaze that occurred on the top floor of the four-story building in Park Slope.

"When we pulled up, the fire was coming out of the windows," recalled Fischer of Eltingville, an 8-year veteran of the FDNY. "We went up the building to the fourth floor; we were climbing through thick black smoke."

The firefighters found the unconscious 58-year-old man and 29-year-old woman in the hallway of their apartment. Fischer and Mitchell, a West Brighton resident, carried out the daughter, while Campbell of Eltingville assisted Capt. Dennis Murphy of Ladder Co. 105 in getting her father out of the building.

Once outside, Fischer took off his mask and gave the woman air and she began to come to.

"It was like a Christmas miracle," said Mitchell, who has also been with the FDNY for eight years. "I thought it was not going to turn out the way it did," he continued, noting that he heard the women was in serious but stable condition and the father was also stable.