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Holy manhole covers Batman!! NY fire fighter fights SUV & wins.

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by Gallium, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/397251p-336642c.html
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    Lucky to be alive

    Fireman saved by 'hand of God' after SUV lands on him

    BY TONY SCLAFANI
    DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU

    A manhole explosion sent an SUV flying onto a Bronx firefighter - but he was miraculously saved by his helmet when he crashed clean through a side window.

    Firefighter Marc Kroenung, a 33-year-old married father of two, was helping extinguish a manhole fire Saturday when an underground explosion sent the Cadillac Escalade hurtling upward.

    The giant SUV came down sideways, with the driver's side window shattering against Kroenung's helmet as the auto crashed to the pavement. He was left standing inside the overturned SUV.

    "I just heard the boom and then I'm like, 'What just happened?' " Kroenung told the Daily News last night. "Then I realized I'm stuck." Kroenung was left trapped but not seriously hurt - leaving his fellow Engine 73 firefighters stunned, then joyous after they pulled him from the wreckage on Beck St. in Longwood on Saturday night.

    Kroenung received five stitches to his head at Jacobi Medical Center, where his close call left staffers marveling.

    "He looked great. It was like the hand of God was watching him," a nurse said last night.

    The incident began just after 9:30 p.m. when firefighters responded to a manhole fire on Leggett Ave. As firefighters doused the flames, Kroenung went around the corner to his rig on Beck St. to get tools to help Con Edison workers open more manholes to relieve underground pressure.

    Then a buildup of carbon monoxide because of the fire sparked the explosion 120 feet away - causing the manhole cover to blast into the SUV parked above, launching it into the air.

    Kroenung's helmet and back took the brunt of the impact, officials said.

    "I think the helmet definitely saved my life," said Kroenung, after being discharged from the hospital at 6 p.m. yesterday.

    Kroenung, who was able to talk to his lieutenant throughout the ordeal, eventually wiggled his head out of the helmet and then firefighters ripped off the windshield and pulled him out.

    "It's a miracle he was alive, that he wasn't hurt more severely," a fire official said.

    The underground blaze ignited inside a service box, possibly because of wires corroded from snow and salt, said Con Ed spokeswoman Joy Faber.

    There were no power disruptions and crews were making repairs yesterday, she said.

    Kroenung said he's still a bit shaken and nursing some bruises to his left side but planned to return to work soon.

    "I'm just thankful for the way things turned out," he said. "I'm just glad to be home. I'm lucky."

    With Melissa Grace and Derek Rose
     
  2. pizzaaguy

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    ;P That's one lucky fluffernutter!
     

  3. Tvov

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    That was a close one! That reminds me of a news story years ago of a fire engine that was parked next to a manhole while the crew was working on a nearby fire. I guess some fire got below into the tunnels, and flames shot up through the manhole, badly burning a firefighter and burning the engine. I don't know all the details of that one.
     
  4. fireman jb

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    Wow;P That is an incredible story. I will be sharing that story tomorrow at work.
     
  5. BroBrandonB

    BroBrandonB In God We Trust

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    i guess that qualifies under "Cadillac Thrills"? See... i'm still cool no matter what my wifey says...