Injured Firefighter Undergoes Second Surgery

A Lexington firefighter who suffered serious burns while battling a house fire continues his recovery.

Lieutenant Rich Carlin has undergone one surgery, but is scheduled for another one on Friday morning.

Carlin was hurt back on October 8th. He's being treated in the burn unit at UK Medical Center.

Fire officials say Carlin's recovery has been difficult and he's in a great deal of pain. We're told he's able to walk a little and is now undergoing occupational therapy.

According to fire officials, Carlin's wife says they are overwhelmed by the support they have received. The prayers, cards, notes, e-mails, and other gestures of kindness have been a great help in keeping his spirits up.

A banner that was set up last weekend in Fayette Mall was delivered to the Calin family. It included almost 100 well-wishes.

Rich Carlin is a 12 year veteran of the Lexington Fire Department.


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  • by Rebecca Location: Maysville, Kentucky on Oct 27, 2007 at 12:28 AM
    Last week my family was in and out of UKs ICU unit visiting my father. My family and I spoke everyday about all the firemen in the waiting room around the clock 24-7. I just want to say what a wonderful support system you heros have. I'm very impressed. I feel bad that I didn't talk to speak to you when I was waitin for good news like you were. You men/women should be proud. In my heart, I knew this woman I kept seeing must be the Fireman's wife. I went online tonight and read about Mr. Carlin's injuries. I started praying in ICU for Mr. & Mrs. Carlin. I will never forget what I witnessed in ICU.
  • by www.myspace.com/firefightergirlinkentucky Location: Hazard, Ky on Oct 23, 2007 at 09:35 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, his friends and most of all his brothers and sisters in the fire service. It is a very real fear to be leveled down by the very thing in which we are trained to fight...but he is a warrior!! Good luck to you in a very quick recovery! Much love from a sister firefighter!
  • by e,ky firefighter/emt Location: campton,ky on Oct 23, 2007 at 04:49 AM
    everyone always wants to argue over who is the hero while the police officer that got shot lies in the hospital the firefighter that got burnt deals with his scars or the EMT deals with a disease which came from some helpless soul whom life he saved. who is the hero they all are in their own time but it shows how disrespectful people are to all Emergancy persons that while one is injured and should be getting our best wishes people use this space to argue. so i say people grow up and like you hear as a kid if you have nothing nice to say say nothing at all
  • by Hero Location: Lexington on Oct 22, 2007 at 07:49 PM
    You know why cops become cops???They couldn't pass the firefighters test.
  • by Me Location: southeast ky on Oct 22, 2007 at 06:36 PM
    I am a firefighter and my prayers go out to Lt.Carlin. I wish you a speedy recovery. Now lets not get into a "who's braver" conversation. I don't want a gun pointed at me anymore than a police officer wants to run into a burning building. We each chose to do what we do to help people. A hero is not determined by your occupation. A hero is anyone who is willing to give their own life to save another. I have the utmost respect for police officers and believe they have the same respect for us.
  • by Wife of a firefighter Location: London on Oct 22, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    To everyone - why are we trying to decide who is more brave, a fireman or a policeman?? This story is about a friend of my husband's who was seriously injured in a fire and all anyone can do is make drama. Well, I think it is all childish. It takes a special breed to do both and no one is better than the other. And to the anonymous man from Anderson, my husband is a firefighter, EMT and a Haz-Mat technician, at his department there are people assigned to EC units and trucks but they can work either, so YES they do take drunken idiots to the hospital from time to time so they know what it is like to do that. And a lot of the time, they assist the EC's in taking these idiots to the hospital and making the run. Just because your department may not, doesn't mean everyone doesn't, so please get your facts straight before your next post. Everyone just please pray for Carlin and his wife, they are going through a terrible time and they need our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Oct 21, 2007 at 04:52 PM
    Here is an example of a true Hero. Look on the left of this page where it says the Most Viewed Stories. How many articles are about fire fighters fighting fire and actually saving someones life. Now how many articles are about someone being arrested for a crime that was committed. Who do you think arrested those offenders? Now, who's the real Hero?
  • by Anonymous Location: Anderson on Oct 21, 2007 at 04:32 PM
    Here we go again, the ones who transports the idiots who are too drunk and/or too high are the ones who are in the E.C Buggy, not the average fire fighter. There is a huge difference between transporting and effecting the arrest of a person who is hostile. To the wife of a fire fighter, a fire fighter is a hero when he/she combats a fire, a police officer is a hero when he/she is responding to a call that that a situation is so out of hand that it needs police intervention. When UK beat LSU, it was the police who maintained the security in Lexington. The fire fighters only responded when there was a fire involved. Why can't we just accept that fire fighters and police officers have different job descriptions. By the way, it was a fire fighter who once said that God invented police officers so that fire fighters could have a Hero!
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Oct 21, 2007 at 05:04 AM
    Daniel from Pittsburg, perhaps the reason that you see police officers waiting for the fire department to enter the burning building is because the police officer does not carry the same equipment as the fire fighter. You are comparing apples to oranges, my friend. Get well soon, Lt. Carlin. I am looking forward to your speedy recovery.
  • by christy Location: danville, ky on Oct 20, 2007 at 11:07 PM
    MY HUSBAND IS A FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC AND WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF COURAGE TO DO WHAT YOU DO, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T APPRECIATE IT ENOUGH. GET WELL SOON.
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