firefighter Sean O’Rourke, 44, with 14 years on the job, had an arm detached in a truck accident at Westchester Avenue and Waters Place. O’Rourke was driving a truck from Queens to provide backup aid for the fire.
His left arm was nearly torn off as the truck hit the pole. Surgeonsoperated for long hours Tuesday night trying to save O’Rourke’s arm.
“To have a member come in – when I saw his arm and shoulder – it was very upsetting,” Leonard said. “We deal with a lot of tough things, but it was a tough day for the Fire Department.”
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro spent long hours at Jacobi with the injured.
“This has been a very difficult day for our department,” Nigro said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by the hospital for an update late Tuesday.