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Chuck Ryan goes home: Severely injured firefighter released

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Almost two months after he and several other firefighters were injured while fighting a fire in Northeast, D.C. Firefighter Chuck Ryan is going home.

After nearly two months in the hospital, Chuck Ryan is heading home Thursday.

Ryan, who was burned on 30 percent of his body and underwent multiple surgeries after fighting a fire in Northeast D.C., was discharged from the Washington Hospital Center's Burn Unit on Thursday.

On April 8, Ryan, who also serves as the chief of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department, sustained injuries when the roof collapsed at the house where he and several others were fighting a fire. Ryan underwent three surgeries during his recovery.

"Chuck still has a recovery period ahead of him, but he is making fantastic progress," Steve Lamphier, the volunteer president of the RVFD, said.

Piringer says that as per tradition, he returned to his fire station, the Engine 15/Rescue Squad 3 Station at 14th Street and V Street SE, after being released. The return and reception is part of the tradition that "everyone goes home" after every call.

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