Md. firefighter reunited with brother and sister he rescued 58 years ago
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) - Linda and Michael Hart met retired Prince George’s County firefighter Stu Newman for the second time.
The first was nearly 58 years ago.
“I handed Linda off to the police officer on the ladder in the back of the house and I carried Michael down,” said Newman.
Michael was unconscious.
“I got onto the stairwell and took my air mask off and put it on his face,” said Newman.
The sister and brother were just 2 and 3 years old when their home caught on fire. Their family was in transition; they had moved in with their grandparents after losing a brother to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Their mother made it out before calling for help.
“And I can’t imagine as a parent myself what that was like for her to see her second child possibly dead,” said Linda.
The house is still on 25th Avenue in Hyattsville, Maryland. The fire happened downstairs, but both kids were napping on the second floor.
The call came out from the Chillum-Adelphi fire station.
Newman, along with another firefighter who has since died and an off-duty police officer who has not been identified, made the rescue.
Michael found a newspaper clipping mixed in with family pictures and used Facebook to try to connect.
“I’ve always told firefighters as I’ve met them throughout my lifetime that I owe my life to a firefighter,” he said.
Newman, now on 25 years of retirement, was given his badge and identification card as a thank you.
“It’s not only that our lives were saved. It’s that the rest of our family was allowed to be much more whole than we could have imagined it could have been,” said Linda.