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Rhode Island Firefighter’s Injury, Amputation Blamed on Out-of-Service Ladder Truck

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket Fire Department injury report obtained by Target 12 blames an out-of-service ladder truck, a lack of funding to repair it, training, and a number of other issues for an injury to a firefighter that resulted in him losing his foot.

FirefighterNation: Pawtucket, RI Firefighter Injured on Ladder During Rescue

The firefighter’s foot was amputated 15 days after he was injured during a May 15 triple-decker fire at 579 Central Ave., the report written by Assistant Fire Chief Jay McLaughlin states.

According to the report, the 25-year veteran was cutting a hole in the roof of the building — a process known as ventilating. When “a woman appeared in a third-floor window calling for help,” the firefighter and another crew member returned to the ladder from the roof and instructed the driver to move the truck toward the woman. MORE