Injured rookie DC firefighter heads home

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A rookie DC firefighter, who was critically injured at the scene of a fire in August, is finally heading home from the hospital Wednesday.

Dane Smothers Jr. will be discharged from the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, where he has been treated since leaving MedStar Washington Hospital Center early last month.

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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 has been in a rehabilitation center since September 8.

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At 1 p.m., Smothers and his family are thanking all of the medical providers for their lifesaving care they have provided since that tragic evening.

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.

 

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