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UPDATE – Helmet-cam: Roof ops at firefighter’s burning home in Throop, PA. Homeowner was driving first arriving pumper.

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This is video shot by 1986sosik showing roof operations by Dickson City Fire Department’s Ladder 23 at a fire around 11:00 this morning at a firefighter’s home in Throop, Pennsylvania (Lackawanna County).

Dunmore Firefighter Dominic Rinaldi was the engineer on the first arriving engine company. His wife and two daughters were not home. Firefighters rescued two dogs and a cat. 

Last Thursday, the Scranton home of an old friend of Firefighter Rinaldi’s had an electrical fire. That friend is Scranton Fire Department Assistant Chief Jeff White.

WNEP-TV:

“I was putting my boots on and I heard my address come over the radio. We came over the O’Neill Highway I could see the smoke and I knew that it was going pretty good at that point,” Rinaldi said

“It was tough, he wanted to get here as quick as possible. I was having him keep his composure so we could get here safe and do our jobs,” said Dunmore Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Dee.

Rinaldi was the engineer on the fire at his home, responsible for supplying water to other firefighters.

He said it was surreal to watch his old friends kick in his front door, and smash the windows he installed only a few months ago.

“Jeff is a lifelong friend of mine and I know what he’s going through,” added Rinaldi.

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