For the first time since his dramatic fall through the roof of a burning garage, a Fresno firefighter is speaking publicly. Fire captain Pete Dern walked out of the hospital Friday to speak to a crowd of press and supporters.
“Hi. I’m am Pete Dern,”
That’s the voice of the Fresno Fire Department captain who in March was caught on cell phone video falling through a garage roof into a blazing inferno below. It took crews nearly two minutes to rescue him.
Dern’s head and hands are still heavily bandaged. Burn scars and skin grafts are clearly visible on his arms.