Injured Lexington Firefighter Talks About His Recovery

It's been a long road to recovery for a Lexington firefighter critically injured while fighting a fire.

Lt. Rich Carlin suffered second burns over much of his body three months ago, at a Parsons Lane home.

He says he remembers taking a step inside the burning home, when suddenly, he fell. The flames started burning his body, particularly on his arms, hands, and legs. Carlin says he felt trapped because of the zero visibility and extreme heat.

He started crawling, and was eventually rescued by other firefighters.

He spent weeks in the hospital, recovering from his burns. Few people thought he would ever have full use of his hands and arms again.

But by Christmas Day, he felt well enough to report for duty again.

Carlin says he's grateful to the community for all the encouragement during his recovery. He calls his wife, Susan, "Incredible."


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  • by Rob Location: London on Jan 28, 2008 at 09:41 PM
    Way to go Lt.Carlin....you are an inspiration to all that face adversity!!!
  • by Mrs. Firefighter Location: Lexington on Jan 28, 2008 at 05:59 PM
    I'm so glad to hear Rich is back on the job! We all prayed for you! Our Lexington firefighters are awesome! Thanks, Lexington Firefighters, for all you do! You are all heros!
  • by Meloney on Jan 28, 2008 at 04:18 AM
    Ricky, Butch and I saw your TV interview last week. Your parents instilled in you such strong character. It has truly been a wonderful experience to see the way you bounced back but then having known your mother I would not have expected anything less. You are such a great person I wish you always the best of everything. Meloney Russell
  • by Mark Location: Louisville on Jan 25, 2008 at 10:30 AM
    Rich and Susan are incredible people. To be burned 30% in October and be back to work by Christmas is amazing.
  • by Jay Location: Lex on Jan 25, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    Way to go Rich! God bless you and Susan.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jan 25, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    I am so thankful the Lt. is doing better. HERO! Thats the word that comes to my mind when I think of anyone that puts their life on the line daily to ensure the safety of everyone else.God bless each and everyone of you!!!!
  • by D on Jan 24, 2008 at 07:54 PM
    I am proud & sad to be the first person to comment on this story. This page should be filled up with supporting comments. Welcome back Lt and thanks for your service.
  • by Wife og a firefighter Location: KY on Jan 24, 2008 at 06:36 PM
    God bless this man and his family for all they sacrifice for the well being of others lives and property. He is lucky, and the support he received surely helped him pull through.

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