Trenton firefighter in coma

February 13, 2009 1:37:51 PM PST
A firefighter who suffered a heart attack after battling a blaze in Trenton, New Jersey, is in a coma.43-year-old Manny Rivera collapsed after rescuing a fire victim Monday night in the 100 block of Washington Street.

Doctors are working to determine if he suffered any brain damage due to the heart attack and subsequent lack of oxygen to his brain.

They added, Rivera has showed signs of improvement but still remains in critical condition.

Manny Rivera has been fighting fires in Trenton for nearly 14 years.

The Monday night fire happened at 112 Washington Street.

Rivera had just pulled a fire victim, who was hanging out of a window, down a ladder to safety.

When he reached the ground he passed the victim to ambulance workers, then collapsed.

He is a married father of five children.

Two occupants of the burning home were hurt, but not seriously injured.

The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental.

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