Last of NY's bravest injured in Tremont blaze released from hospital

The last of the firefighters injured in a Tremont blaze six weeks ago was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Joseph DiBernardo was injured when he and five other firefighters were forced to jump from the fourth-floor of a burning building on East 178th Street. Lieutenant Curtis Meyran, 46, of Battalion 26 and 37-year-old firefighter John Bellew of Ladder 27 were both killed.

FDNY investigators determined the men were forced to jump because of illegal partitions inside the apartment that blocked access to the fire escapes. The incident has now prompted the FDNY to issue personal safety systems, which includes ropes, to all members.

The personal safety systems will be deployed to all firehouses in the next several weeks. The fire commissioner says he hopes no firefighter will ever again be faced with the decision the six men had to make back in January.

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