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Robert “Rex” Morris, who became assistant chief of volunteer services in Stamford, Connecticut two years ago, was suspended for a week over safety violations when he fell through the floor at a house fire in January. Morris is a retired captain from FDNY’s Rescue Company 1 and the creator of the Rex Tool.
Morris, 68, said he was not injured in the fall and was able to get himself out of the home unscathed.
Morris was the highest-ranking fire official at the blaze, according to a list of those who responded to the scene.
Morris said the accident occurred when he slipped on a board and fell through a hole in the floor. He said firefighters were removing debris from the home at the time of the fall and the blaze was nearly completely extinguished.