Jahwann McIntyre, critically injured Martin County firefighter may leave hospital in June

MIAMI -- A firefighter critically injured in a Martin County fire may be well enough to leave Ryder Trauma Center as early as June.

Jahwann McIntyre and two other Martin County Fire Rescue firefighters were injured after they responded to a December 27th house fire in western Martin County.

On Friday, McIntyre spoke about the "overwhelming support" he has received in an interview with WPTV NewsChannel 5.

"The support is great. I mean, everyone supports me from hospital staff to fire stations to people who never met me in different states," he said. "I mean, it's great to know that you have such a strong support group and so many people in your corner. And, it pushes you. It makes you work that much harder."

Martin County investigators have alleged that Joseph Haas, the homeowner, set the fire intentionally.

McIntyre said he had forgiven Haas.

"I'm not going to hold a grudge. I can, but I'm better than that. Right now, my focus is me getting my health back one hundred percent. And, going back to the line of duty as a firefighter," he said.

"What I learned here is that, the biggest thing I've learned is that, people, people really do care about you and you do have strong support groups and the biggest thing is don't forget who's helping you through this recovery. As soon as I'm able to get back to work I'll be there with a smile on my face. Ready to put what happened behind me. Never forgetting what happened."

McIntyre said he had to undergo one additional surgery before he could be released from the hospital.

He said he wanted to return to his work as a firefighter after he makes a full recovery.




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