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Erie Fire Fighter Survives Dangerous Fall

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An amazing story coming out of the Erie fire department.
A fire fighter, who was injured while battling a fire in December, is back on the job.
And he credits that, in large part, to his equipment.

Some say it's a miracle, others say it was just good safety equipment.
But perhaps it was a little of both that saved an accident, from becoming a tragedy.

They're words that no fire fighter ever wants to hear during a fire call, "mayday."
But on December 11th, 2013, while battling a fire on Hazel street in Erie, the mayday call resonated over the scanners.
Erie fire fighter Wes Rounds fell 15 feet off of a ladder, landing head-first.
His colleagues rushed to his side, thinking he was critically injured, or dead.

"I hit, and I got up but I was still really wobbly and Jimmy Colvin actually came over, he grabbed me and sat me down, and that's when Darren came over and everybody else kinda huddled over me and did what they had to do and took me to the hospital," said Rounds.

"When I knew he was going to be ok, when they took the neck collar off of him which told me ok, his neck was alright... that was a huge relief." said EFD Lt. Darren Hart.

Emergycare rushed Rounds to the hospital, where he suffered only a mild concussion.
And the safety company that manufactured the helmet, based out of Pittsburgh, came to Erie Friday to film Wes' story.
They'll use it at a fire fighters safety conference in Indianapolis, to show just how well their equipment can work.

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