Firefighters raise money for Bridgeport Hospital’s burn center

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Firefighters in Bridgeport gathered in Stratford to raise money for the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

It was the third year in a row they’ve held the event.

The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is getting a boost from Bridgeport Firefighters.

It’s the state’s only dedicated burn care facility and one of only 64 burn centers in the United States.

Governor Malloy, who comes from a family of firefighters, says fund-raising for the burn center is important.

“The expertise that is present in Bridgeport at this facility, it really doesn’t just serve Bridgeport, it’s the whole state,” said Malloy.

The burn center has a suite where families can stay while their loved ones receive treatment.

“Sometimes we get multiple patients at one time. Come in with pediatrics to the elderly people in house fires,” said Melissa Emanuel, registered nurse at Bridgeport Hospital.

Firefighters running into burning homes to save fire victims have also ended up in the burn unit.

“We see a lot of burn victims . I’ve seen many myself over my 25 years in the fire department, and also our own members have received burns,” said Salvatore Emanuel, Captain Bridgeport Fire Department.

Nurses say their goal is to help burn victims return to a normal life as quickly as possible.

“Some of her patients come in 80 to 90% burn, so they are able to walk out the door and lead almost a normal life,” said Emanuel.

Donations will purchase state of the art equipment and fund training for nurses.

“Very important for us to receive donations so we can be the best that we can possibly be for the state of Connecticut,” said Emanuel.

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