Injured Lexington Firefighter Speaks After Porch Collapse

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 12/27/2013 11:49 pm

Being a firefighter is one of the most dangerous jobs around.  Jeremy Bruner knows that first hand.  He’s been a firefighter for nearly 11 years.

“There's always going to be a time when you change somebody's life being a firefighter,” said Bruner.

Thursday night, while battling a fire on East Second Street, the front poach gave out and the roof fell on him.  It pushed him into a railing, cracking his left ribs.

“I got the call and the call was that he was going to be ok,” said Alice Bruner, his wife.  “I know the alternative and what the other outcome could have been.”

The Bruner’s, like many firefighter families, don’t let moments like this porch collapse lead their lives.

“You can't live everyday worried about what might happen or what could happen because if it doesn't ever happen, look at the time you've wasted,” said Alice.

“It's a fear that everybody has in the back of their mind but you really don't think about it because you want to still do your job and if you thought about all the bad things you couldn't do your job,” said Jeremy.

They find security as part of a bigger family, the firefighter family.

“The fire department as a whole, they always stick together and we really care about each other,” said Jeremy.

“And that's what makes it so easy to accept what could and couldn't happen in life,” said Alice.

Jeremy hopes to return to work Sunday but plans to see how he is feeling once the pain medication wears off.

Firefighters believe someone intentionally set the fire on East Second Street but they still don’t know who.  

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