Janet Babin, Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.
Brooklyn firefighter Robert Wiedmann is finally home after being badly injured in a Crown Heights blaze three months ago.
The 38-year-old fireman suffered severe burns over more than half his body, after being trapped in the burning brownstone on December 19, 2011.
Wiedmann endured ten operations over the last three months at the Hearst Burn Center of New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Family and co-workers from Rescue Company 2 in Brooklyn cheered Wiedmann as he left the hospital earlier today. “It’s an emotional day,” said Wiedmann. Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said the 14-year-veteran's perseverance has inspired the entire department.
Wiedmann’s colleague, firefighter James Gersbeck, was also severely injured in the same fire. The 52 year old was released from the hospital in January, 2012.