NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An injured Jefferson parish firefighter remains in critical condition more than a week after falling through a burning roof while battling a fire in a condo building in Metairie.
Dan Ziegler has been breathing on his own and had been able to scribble messages on a pad, but he won’t be able to communicate at all while recovering from surgery on his hands that took place Monday (Feb. 11).
He suffered second and third-degree burns and respiratory injuries while helping put out a fire at the DeLimon Place Condos on Feb. 2.
Doctor Jeffery Carter, medical director of the University Medical Center, said Ziegler remains in critical condition and has a long recovery ahead of him.
The firefighters represent a very special group of people to us because they risk their lives every day for patients who come to our burn center, and when they are ever injured we are certainly very attentive to that. They also put themselves in harm’s way," Carter said.
The firefighter’s brother Bill Ziegler said their family is sticking together through the tough time.
“Our family has been together. We’ve been strong. Our family has been all together in this to work with him, to be there for him now and in the future and get him to recover," Bill Ziegler said.
Ziegler is one of four brothers in a family of five to become a firefighter.
The Ziegler family said they send thanks for the outpouring of love and support, as well as financial donations from across the country.
UMC’s burn center just opened in March of last year, and prior to its opening, burn patients were transported out of town for treatment.