Fire victim reunites with South Schenectady firefighters who saved her life

April 19, 2017 11:40 PM

SCHENECTADY - Stephanie Bridge is on a long road to recovery after being badly burned during a house fire in Rotterdam back in November.

“So many things of happened,” Bridge said. “It's just amazing that I'm here.”

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Bridge said she is alive because of the heroic actions of the South Schenectady Fire Department.

“Their bravery and the time and effort they put in I feel just part of me wants to be a part of them now,” she said.

Bridge does not remember Matt Mickle & Chad Demania pulling her from a charred Trinity Avenue house 5 months ago.

But she was compelled to thank them in person.

She got her chance during a reunion with Mickle, Demania and the entire South Schenectady Fire Department Wednesday night.

“This is you know is that the first time I've save somebody but is the first time somebody has gone out of their way to think that way,” Mickle said.

Bridge was home alone during the fire and feared she would never see her four children again.

But she managed to toss her dogs out of a window to safety before passing out.

Mickle and Demania found Bridge on the bathroom floor.

“When I found her I got her onto her back I gave her a quick blast of air from my pack,” Mickle said.

“We proceeded to drag her out through the kitchen and out the side door and then batter out to EMS crews,” Demania said.

Bridge said she still has nightmares about that night and suffers from constant anxiety.

However, Bridge said she is thankful for her second chance at life.

“Let it times I find myself just crying and trying to sleep and thanking God that I can cry,” she said.

Bridge said she is also thankful for the firefighters who helped make that possible.

“I hope the community to realize that we are here to help them and to do what we can,” Demania said.

“They'll always be a part of my life. And I'll never forget them,” Bridge said.

Ironically Bridge's father was a firefighter and she used to volunteer with his department.

Bridge says she is also thankful for her neighbor who called 911 and her doctors.



Nia Hamm

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