Firefighter Chuck Ryan
Photo credit: D.C. Fire and EMS Department
D.C. Firefighter Chuck Ryan is seen in the hospital while recovering from burns he sustained when a roof collapsed while he was fighting a fire on April 8.
Photo credit: D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation
"I already feel ten times better. The hospital staff takes care of you and they do a really good job, but just to be out of the atmosphere of the hospital and be back outside feels great," said D.C. Firefighter Chuck Ryan.
"I can't believe how much he's come back from that night that he was burned," said D.C. Firefighter J.C. Carroll. "It's a tremendous showing of his will-power and love for the job."
Ryan, a D.C. Firefighter and the Chief of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, was badly burned when the roof collapsed while he was fighting a fire on April 8. Four other firefighters were also injured, but Ryan was by far the worst. He had second and third degree burns over 30-percent of his body. Today, his arms, hands, legs, and feet are still covered in bandages. Still, Ryan says he is itching to get back to work.
"Oh I'll be back. Absolutely. 100 percent. There's no question. I will be back," said Ryan. "I've made it back home. Now my mission is to make it back to work."
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