Trenton firefighter dies weeks after rescue

April 1, 2009 10:47:40 AM PDT
Trenton's bravest are mourning a firefighter who died weeks after he suffered an apparent heart attack while rescuing a man. Officials say Manny Rivera climbed a ladder to reach a man who was dangling from a window of a burning home on Feb. 9.

The 14-year veteran and father of five brought the man down the ladder and collapsed. He remained in a coma at St. Francis Medical Center.

Trenton Fire Director Richard Laird Jr. announced the death of the 43-year-old father of five on Wednesday.

Mayor Douglas H. Palmer has ordered all City flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rivera.

"Today I ask all Trenton residents to join me in expressing our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Firefighter Manny Rivera, who passed away late Tuesday night," Palmer said.

According to the city, Rivera is the first Trenton firefighter in 23 years to die from actions while in the line of duty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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