*A hero in one family’s book for sure, rookie Jordan Sullivan, we tip our hat to you!
While still on firefighter probation, Sullivan, 36, rode along with a colleague to the Wyckoff Gardens city housing complex in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn at around 1:30 a.m. amidst reports of a blazing fire.
“On the way in, my heart was racing. I was thinking my first fire, I was excited,’’ said Sullivan, of Ladder Co. 105.
Once they arrived neighbors warned that children were trapped inside.
“But once I got to the fire floor, it was automatic,” Sullivan adds.
With no time to lose, the rookie found his way through the black smoke, using his hands to guide him, to his youngest victim: a baby.
“The baby was in the carriage,” he said. “The baby was not conscious. I just knew I had to get the baby out.”
After grabbing the baby and running into the hallway, Sullivan handed the child to another firefighter and rushed back into the room.
But it was difficult to see, which added to the challenge of locating any other possible victims.
“Visibility was very poor,” Sullivan said. “It was very hard to see. There were flames. I checked behind the door for victims,’’ he said.
And its a good thing he did because they found an 8-year-old girl who was badly burned, a 14-year-old boy and a 14-month-old girl who suffered smoke inhalation.
The rescuers placed oxygen masks on the children and carried them out of the building.
A 65-year-old woman was also injured and taken to Methodist Hospital.
Lt. John LaBarbera had nothing but praise for his rookie colleague.
“He did a great job. I think it’s extraordinary, coupled with the fact that it’s his first fire,” LaBarbera said.
Last reports show the 8-year-old girl was listed in critical condition at New York Hospital’s burn center. The 5-month-old was in stable condition there and the 14-month-old and 14-year-old were both stable at New York Methodist Hospital, officials said.
There is no word on whether the elder woman was in the same apartment as the kids or if there were other adults present.
Thank you to The New York Post for information in this story.