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Injured Lindale firefighter continues to improve at Dallas hospital

Joe Yeakley (Source: Lindale Fire Department) Joe Yeakley (Source: Lindale Fire Department)
LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - Injured Lindale firefighter Joe Yeakley continues his long road to recovery at a Dallas hospital.

Lieutenant Aaron Munn with the Lindale Fire Department says Yeakley is doing well and is making small improvements every day. He remains at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Joe Yeakley was leading his team of firefighters into a Lindale house fire in January when the building collapsed.

As it began to collapse, Yeakley was on the front end of the hose team. Two members of his team were able to get into a door jam to avoid being crushed. Yeakley couldn't get there, trapped by burning wood.

Firefighters quickly pulled Yeakley out, critically injured.

Yeakley had instructed many in his own department about safety and that may have saved others from being injured in the blaze.

"He's got a total of about 30 years experience. He's an instructor and very protective. There's quite a few guys that look to him as a father figure. He’s a good guy," said Munn.

Munn added there will be more fundraisers in the future to raise money for Yeakley.

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