WASHINGTON - A D.C. firefighter who was injured after removing his air mask to help rescue a woman from her burning apartment building was released from the hospital on Friday.
Local hero Danny Lovato gave up his mask to Phyllis Terrell, a great-grandmother who was struggling to breathe amid the smoke and fire at her Minnesota Avenue apartment on Wednesday. According to her granddaughter, Terrell was moments away from jumping out of her third-floor window before Lovato came to her rescue.
Lovato walked out of MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Friday with his wife, fellow firefighters, his doctor and members of his motorcycle club.
The doctor said the firefighter is doing well. He suffered from smoke inhalation, but no burns.
“What I did wasn't extraordinary,” Lovato said. “It’s what we have been trained to do. You may hear that it was extraordinary, but it’s not. My instinct was to help Phyllis. I knew I wasn't going to be able to pull her over the railing because we were so high. I knew that it would risk both of our lives so I just gave her my air.”
Lovato said he spoke with Terrell on Friday and they talked about the moment when he looked into her eyes and knew she was going to jump. He told her not do it and that he was on his way up to her.
Terrell, who was already on oxygen for a medical condition, was also transported to the same hospital as Lovato. The doctor could not comment on her condition Friday.