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Injured Bryan firefighters continue to recover in Galveston

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 2:59pm

Friday marks one month since the deadly Knights of Columbus fire in Bryan.

February 15th is a day no one will ever forget. What happened in the late hours of that night changed the lives of four dedicated firefighters forever.

"It's just such a huge loss," said Fire Chief Randy McGregor. "It hurts bad and we're just trying to get through it and support the families that were affected and help them in any way we can."

Lt. Eric Wallace and Lt. Greg Pickard were tragically killed in the blaze.

Firefighters Rickey Mantey and Mitch Moran survived the fire but suffered severe burns. Ever since then the two have been recovering at the University of Texas Medical Branch Burn Unit in Galveston.

"They keep asking when can they come back and we tell them as soon as the doctors let them," Chief McGregor said. "It's what's driving them to get better and it seems like they're in competition to see who can get better quicker."

It's a long and slow recovery process.

Fire Chief Randy McGregor says the two have undergone multiple surgeries and still have several more to go but that hasn't stopped the two from cracking jokes and keeping a positive outlook.

"Seeing them progress, you know, there's always going to be pain there for the two we lost but this whole situation, seeing something positive and seeing them progressing it means a lot to all of us, it truly does."

A ray of hope for the department in a time of darkness.

Mantey and Moran still have months of recovery ahead of them. Chief McGregor tells us that once they're released from the hospital the two will remain in Galveston for therapy before heading home.


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