A rookie DC firefighter, who was critically injured at the scene of a fire in August, received a special gift from his fellow firefighters Tuesday.
Dane Smothers Jr. was gifted a quilt containing patches from all DC fire units and organizations. The quilt was hand-sewn by fellow firefighter Donna Tideback. .
Smothers has been in a rehabilitation center since September 8, where several other firefighters visited him. In a Facebook photo posted by the DC Fire and EMS, Smothers smiles as he is covered by the quilt while his colleagues stand around him.
The accident occurred on August 2 as Smothers, a 28-year-old rookie firefighter, came to the scene of a 2-alarm row house fire in DC. Smothers was struck by a ladder firetruck as he jumped off of his fire truck, receiving life-threatening injuries on his upper body. He was hospitalized at Medstar Washington Hospital Center and initially listed in critical condition.
Smothers had been a firefighter for three months at the time of the incident. He comes from a line of firefighters, including his uncle who is assigned to Engine 8.
The Facebook post by DC Fire and EMS thanks everyone involved in saving Smothers’ life as well as other fire companies for their support as Smothers continues to recover.