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Chattanooga, Tenn. -- A 45-year-old woman who was pulled from her burning home last September got to meet the people who rescued her today. "I wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for these men right here," said Carrie Gann, as she arrived at Fire
Station 20 this morning to meet the three Chattanooga firefighters who saved her life: Senior Firefighter Joel Nix, Firefighter Engineer Matt Rorex and Firefighter Ryan Swisher.

Carrie Gann was critically injured when her house at 111 Centro Street was engulfed in flames early in the morning on September 20, 2017. Her brother and a friend both got out with minor injuries, but Carrie was trapped in her bedroom. When she called 911, she told Hamilton County Telecommunicator Stephanie McCarter that she was trapped and could not get out. McCarter told Carrie that help was on the way, and that she should get down low and cover her mouth and nose with fabric to help filter out some of the smoke. Carrie stayed on the line, finding it harder and harder to breathe, until she eventually fell unconscious. Later in the 911 recording (see attached), you can hear the firefighters approaching her room. Talking through their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), you can hear when they find her and carry her out to safety. Carrie's two pet dogs did not survive.

Even with the expert care she received on the scene, and at Erlanger Medical Center and the burn center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, her survival was in doubt. But after spending days in the ICU, Carrie slowly began to recover, and when she felt strong enough, she asked if she could meet her rescuers.

In addition to meeting the three firefighters who pulled her out of the house, she also met the firefighters with Quint 14, who administered CPR to her before handing her off to paramedics with Hamilton County EMS. She got to meet one of those paramedics, Randy Kerns with Medic 10, and she also got to meet face-to-face, Telecommunicator McCarter, who stayed on the line with her until the firefighters arrived. Carrie learned through her life-threatening experience that it often takes a whole team of first responders to save a life.

Before leaving, Carrie told everyone that she is getting a tattoo on her arm, with the names of the three firefighters she got to meet today. "I want people to know that these guys saved my life, and it's the truth."

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Carrie Gann on Video:

Video 1 - Carrie meets the firefighters for the first time: https://youtu.be/6H3dSnjiw4k

Video 2 - Carrie tell reporters how much she appreciates firefighters: https://youtu.be/1jCFGFDP7mI

Video 3 - Carrie on getting a tattoo with the firefighters' name: https://youtu.be/-jubwVyQJEQ

Note: You are welcome to use any photos or video clips that might be attached to this news release. If you choose to use them, please provide proper attribution. Unless noted otherwise, the photos and videos are from me.

Thanks,

Bruce Garner
Public Information Director

Chattanooga Fire Department

Office: 423-643-5625

Cell: 423-421-4278

Email: bgarner@chattanooga.gov

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Fire Victim meets Rescuers

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- A 45-year-old woman who was pulled from her burning home last September got to meet the people who rescued her today. "I wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for these men right here," said Carrie Gann, as she arrived at Fire
Station 20 this morning to meet the three Chattanooga firefighters who saved her life: Senior Firefighter Joel Nix, Firefighter Engineer Matt Rorex and Firefighter Ryan Swisher.

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Carrie Gann, 45, was critically injured when her house at 111 Centro Street was engulfed in flames early in the morning on September 20, 2017. She was trapped in her bedroom, but three Chattanooga firefighters found her and carried her out. Even with the expert care she received on the scene, and at Erlanger Medical Center and the burn center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, her survival was in doubt. Her two pet dogs perished in the blaze, but Carrie did survive, and now she would like to meet her rescuers. We have made the arrangements and this reunion will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9th, at Fire Station 20, located at 3003 Cummings Highway in Lookout Valley. You are invited to cover this reunion.

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Chattanooga, Tenn. -- Chattanooga firefighters responded to a duplex fire at 4518 Norcross Road shortly after 9:00 this morning. Battalion Chief Chris Warren said a resident from one side the duplex told firefighters that she put some fries on the stove to cook, but fell asleep. She said she woke to the smell of smoke and discovered that her kitchen was on fire. The woman got out of her apartment, but was suffering from smoke inhalation. She was transported by Hamilton County EMS to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

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A private company is donating a supply of pet rescue masks to the Chattanooga fire and police departments Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at noon, at the Fire and Police Training Center, 3200 Amnicola Highway. Invisible Fence of Chattanooga is making the donation through it's "Project Breathe" program: https://www.invisiblefence.com/why-invisible-fence/project-breathe.

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