Pr. George's Co. Firefighter Out of the Hospital

Suffered burns over half of his body in February blaze

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012  |  Updated 11:41 AM EDT
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Pr. George's Co. Firefighter Out of the Hospital

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A Prince George's County volunteer firefighter is back home after spending two months in the hospital recovering from serious burns. 

Back on February 24, 21-year-old Kevin O'Toole was one of seven firefighters hurt while fighting a fire at a vacant home in Riverdale, Maryland. O'Toole suffered second and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body, and required skin grafts for his hands, knees, calves, arms, stomach, sides, and shoulders. 

On Friday, O'Toole left the hospital for the first time since the accident.  He received hugs from family members and nurses as he walked out of  the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital. O'Toole's fellow firefighters were also on hand, and gave him a ride home in the same ladder truck he rode in the night he was injured. O'Toole says the next step in his recovery is physical therapy, and hopes to continue working as a volunteer firefighter if all goes well. He plans to get that treatment in his parents' hometown of Bethpage, New York.

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