Injured Maryland Firefighter Making Progress

There is encouraging news regarding a badly burned Maryland Firefighter-Paramedic.

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Daniel McGown sustained facial and airway burns while battling an early morning house fire on Herrington Drive in Kettering, Md. on Wednesday.

McGown is currently being treated at the Medstar Burn Unit of the Washington Hospital Center. Fire officials say medical staff allowed him to wake up last night, at which point he was able to produce a weak cough, which is a good sign. This morning, he was assisted by medical staff and his father as he slowly walked around the floors of the Intensive Care Unit.

McGown is still listed as a stable critical patient, however there is cautious optimism about regarding his progress.

Doctors say they hope to have him sit upright in a chair for about an hour today. He remains intubated to allow his injuries time to heal.

Career Firefighter/Paramedic McGown was hired by the Prince George's County Fire Department four years ago.

Two other firefighters were also hospitalized with less-serious burns. There is no word on their condition, but they were expected to be released from the hospital yesterday.

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