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Firefighter injured in long fall while helping person stuck in elevator

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says firefighter airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center

A firefighter arrives by medical helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center after a long fall.
A firefighter arrives by medical helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center after a long fall. (WPLG)

BAL HARBOUR, Fla. – A Miami-Dade firefighter was injured Tuesday morning in a long fall in Bal Harbour.

The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. inside the Neiman Marcus at the Bal Harbour Shops on Collins Avenue.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erica Benitez said firefighters were assisting a person who was stuck in an elevator on the third floor when he fell.

The firefighter, later identified as David Gonzalez, was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where underwent surgery for four hours.

“This is a very difficult for his family, as well as his colleagues and all of us here in the fire department and we thank everyone for their concern and support,” Benitez said.

Miami-Dade firefighter David Gonzalez was injured Jan. 14, 2020, after suffering a long fall in Bal Harbour.
Miami-Dade firefighter David Gonzalez was injured Jan. 14, 2020, after suffering a long fall in Bal Harbour. (Miami-Dade Fire Rescue)

She said it wasn’t immediately known if he fell from the third floor.

Gonzalez has been with the department for 18 years.

As of Tuesday evening, Gonzalez was being cared for in the intensive care unit and remained in serious condition.