DALLAS, Texas (KWTX) A West volunteer fireman, who works full-time for the Dallas Fire Department, has been released from the hospital after being seriously injured after a building collapsed on him.
Captain Ronald J. Janek, a 28-year veteran of the Dallas Fire Dept. working on the Urban Search and Rescue Team, who also volunteers with the West Volunteer Fire Dept., was seriously burned Friday morning when a building collapsed on him. (Photos courtesy of ISG Security Services and Dallas Fire-Rescue Dept.)
Capt. Ronald Janek, a 28-year veteran of Dallas Fire, was released from Parkland Hospital Sunday, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue officials.
Officials say Janek has "significant" injuries to his back and feet, in addition to minor burns on his neck, but is expected to survive.
"Though the Captain is in stable condition, he has a long road to recovery," said Jason Evans, Public Information Officer for the City of Dallas Fire-Rescue Department. "He has received a number of visits from his friends and co-workers, and has several family members, to include his wife, children, brothers and parents, close by his side as he begins recovery."
Janek was hurt while responding to a building fire at 2661 Walnut Ln. in Northwest Dallas before 2 a.m. Friday.
According to Dallas fire officials, crews were using hand lines and ladder pipes to extinguish the flames coming from the roof of a vacant commercial structure when Janek was struck by falling debris.
The cause of the fire is currently undetermined.
Janek has volunteered with the West Volunteer Fire Department for about five years, officials there told KWTX.
He and his family thank the public for their well-wishes, however, Evans said, they're requesting privacy at this time.
No word yet on whether Janek will return to work.