Tulsa Firefighter injured and then revived in a fire ruled arson


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/01/2012 10:19 pm Published: 1/01/2012 3:31 pm


A tulsa firefighter is recovering at OSU Medical Center after being injured, and then brought back to life in a fire that fire officials say was arson.

It happened New Year's Eve in the 4900 block of North Elwood. When fire crews arrives they found heavy flames and smoke shooting from the house.

35-year-old James O'Neal was one of the first firefighters in the house. Firefighters had made their way to one of the back rooms to attack the fire when O'Neal was injured.

A "mayday" call was made by firefighters and additional crews were sent in to rescue O'Neal.

O'Neal had to be revived and was transported to OSU Medical Center where he has been stabilized. Firefighters say the fire was deliberately set in a back room and that the homeowner was not inside the home.

An arson investigation is under way. If you know anything about the fire, call the Arson Hotline at 918-596-2776 (ARSN).

Tulsa firefighters have added an additional $1,000 reward to the effort of catching this arsonist.


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stack - 1/1/2012 6:30 PM
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Great Job By All!!!! James O'neal was in full cardiac arrest when the rapid intervention team pulled him from the burning house. His Captain and a rookie firefighter stayed and protected him from the fire untill rescue crews arrived. Outside the house Tulsa Fire Paramedics were waiting and immediately began work on James. They were able to revive him. Thank God. Recent training was geared towards this exact type of event. The training staff, James's crew, RIT crew, and Tulsa Fire Paramedics all worked together to save his life. Thanks to the OSU medical center Dr's and Nurses for their fine work also.
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