Siblings thank fire department, EMS for saving sister

Christopher Dornblaser

Laura Fizer, of York City, has suffered three strokes in her life, and because of that, she no longer has use of her right arm.

Fizer has a medical alert bracelet that allows her to contact EMS in case of an emergency. On Tuesday night, she pressed the button as she was suffering from smoke inhalation in her West Philadelphia Street home.

Fizer, along with a 21-year-old man, and a 5-month-old baby, were rescued by firefighters and EMS. The man and baby were treated at the scene, but Fizer was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for smoke inhalation treatment.

York City Fire Chief David Michaels said Wednesday that the fire is believed to have started from Fizer's cigarette landing on a chair. The fire then spread to the upstairs.

Just days after her rescue, Fizer's siblings, Renee Fizer and Randy Fizer, are thanking firefighters and EMS for their sister's rescue.

"I'm so glad they got her out," Renee Fizer, of Baltimore, said Thursday through a Facebook message.

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Rescue: Firefighters removed Laura Fizer from her second-story apartment Tuesday evening.

"She was barely breathing when we got her out," Michaels said at the time.

She was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment on Wednesday.

On Friday, Renee Fizer said her sister had just been taken off a ventilator and was speaking again.

Laura Fizer's siblings did not hear about the fire or their sister's injuries immediately.

“I got a call the night after it happened, and when I went to look at the pictures, I was shocked," Renee Fizer said.

Randy Fizer, of Windsor Township, shared similar thoughts when he saw the aftermath. He said he looks forward to thanking the firefighters who saved his sister.

"I’m going to drive down there and personally thank them myself," he said.

Renee Fizer wanted to thank the York City Fire Department for helping her sister as well, saying that what they do is a "tough job."

"I'm so glad we didn't lose her, that's my big sister," Renee Fizer said.

Randy Fizer called the job they do "incredible."

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Laura Fizer: Randy Fizer visited his sister's apartment in the days since the fire. Her apartment, which is located above Miller Bros Vacuums, is in "bad shape," he said.

"I believe that God is the only reason that she is still here with us," he said.

Renee Fizer said her sister has been living in the York City apartment for about five years.

"She doesn't let her disability hold her back," Randy Fizer said, adding that his sister watches NASCAR and listens to audiobooks.

“My sister’s stubborn as heck, she’ll be OK," Renee Fizer said.

Looking forward, Randy Fizer said the main concern is making sure Laura Fizer is OK, and "everything else would work itself out."

"My family always, no matter what we've gone through, we've always come out stronger on the other end," he said.

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