Firefighter returns to site where she almost lost her life

6:27 PM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A volunteer firefighter who almost lost her life battling the Heartstrong Fire this time last year, returned to the site for the first time Monday.

The Heartstrong Fire burned 24,000 acres on the Eastern Plains in Yuma County on March 18, 2012.

The fire nearly took the life of volunteer firefighter, Jennifer Struckmeyer who returned to the site of the fire on Monday. She spent months in the hospital after being severely burned.

She was in a vehicle of volunteer firefighters rushing to help fight the blaze. In the chaos of it all, she tripped and was overcome by the flames.

"The heat from the fire was unlike any I'd ever experienced," Struckmeyer said. "The smoke was horrible."

She thought she would die and prayed to God as the fire spread.

Monday, fellow firefighters and some of her family members accompanied her to the site of the blaze for support. Leading up to the day, Struckmeyer had been worrying about the anniversary.

"It's helped a lot, having everybody out here," she said.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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