Quick thinking by firefighters, neighbor saves girl from fire

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GOLF MANOR, OH (FOX19) - Golf Manor responded to a fire Monday night where a 5-year-old girl was trapped inside an apartment. They were able to save her, thanks to help from a neighbor.

Everyone got out of the fire all right, except for the girl, who was trapped in her bedroom in the back of the apartment.

Firefighters Charlie Weghorn and Casey Ballman climbed on top of a carport to get into the bedroom, and it collapsed under them.

"It completely gave out as I grabbed the windowsill I was hanging for a few minutes," said Weghorn.

But neighbor Antonio Jordan grabbed both firefighters feet and hoisted them into the bedroom.

"Very thankful cause if they didn't grab my feet, I woulda fallen and somebody had to get in there," said Ballman.

Thanks to Jordan, the firefighters did get in and pulled the little girl out.

"We don't always have helpful people around us a lot of times we have people in the way this guys was right place right time was willing to pitch in was helpful," said Golf Manor fire chief Greg Ballman.

The little girl wasn't breathing and had no pulse when they pulled her out. Paramedics were able to resuscitate her, and she's in good condition after being treated in a hyperbaric chamber in Indianapolis.

She had to be treated in Indianapolis because while several local hospitals have the treatment, they don't have it in an emergency situation.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the patient is entirely enclosed in a pressure chamber, breathing oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere. It can be used for a variety of medical purposes including carbon monoxide poisoning, the inhalation of chemical fumes and more commonly for wound care.

University Hospital got rid of its emergency hyperbaric chamber about a year ago because of budgetary issues.

"We do not have the type of care for that here you need to have a physician who is trained in hyperbarics on site while they are driving and a certified hyperbaric trained technician running these machines these are very delicate machines," said LuAnn Reed, clinical manager at The Drake Center.

Having a hyperbaric chamber in an emergency setting requires special certifications as well as special staffing mandates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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