Third Burned Sacramento Firefighter Still Recovering

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Two Sacramento firefighters who were injured last week have been released from the hospital and are expected to return to work soon. But the third firefighter hurt in the house fire is still recovering in the burn unit.

Now Fire Chief Walt White hopes the community will help support his recovery.

Due to privacy laws, White can not say which of his firefighters is still in the hospital.
But he told FOX40 his men have been by his side the whole time.

"Visits have been pretty limited, because of his need for rest and care. We've had firefighters who have volunteered their time. They're liaisons, and they've remained at the hospital since he's arrived," White said.

Chief White remembers when that mayday call came out over the radio last Monday.

"It's not one you want to hear, it's one that definitely makes your heart race. My immediate concerns were for our firefighters and their welfare," White told FOX40.

Capt. Gary Pimentel, firefighter Adam McKahan and probationary firefighter Alex Galang were the three injured, but the department can't comment on their exact injuries.

White could only say two were trapped inside a basement, suffering major burns while the 3rd suffered heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

But the firefighters burn institute has told FOX40 Galang had the worst injuries out of the three.

"The bottom line is that they're all on the road to recovery," White said.

After the horrible tragedy, White said some are trying to take advantage of the public as scammers have been calling citizens looking for donations using the firefighters as a front.

"The firefighter burn institute doesn't do any phone solicitations, so if you get a cold call, a phone call, that's not us," White said.

But White said this weekend there's a better way everyone can help, by going to the Pig Bowl.

That's an annual Guns and Hoses firefighter versus law enforcement football game which will be held at Sacramento State University this Saturday at 1 p.m.