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Dallas firefighter discharged from hospital after severe burns from apartment explosion

Dallas Fire-Rescue officer Pauline Perez went home from Parkland Hospital in Truck 25. Two more firefighters remain hospitalized.

DALLAS — Dallas Fire-Rescue says one of three firefighters critically injured from an apartment explosion on Sept. 29 was discharged from the hospital Friday.

Officer Pauline Perez joined Dallas Fire-Rescue in July 2019. On the day of the explosion, she suffered severe burns. Perez spent more than two weeks at Parkland Memorial Hospital's burn unit.

On Friday, many of her fellow firefighters and Fire Chief Dominique Artis were outside of the hospital doors waiting for Perez.

Captain Christopher Gadomski, another firefighter injured, came downstairs to send her off. They hugged and said a prayer before she went home.

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Surrounded by firefighters, Captain Christopher Gadomski and Officer Pauline Perez say a prayer before she leaves the hospital.

According to family, driver engineer Ronald Hall, also badly injured in the explosion at the Highland Hills apartment complex, was in surgery on Friday afternoon.

Perez was escorted home on Truck 25, the unit they were working on the day of the explosion. Firefighters, family and friends clapped and cheered as the truck left hospital grounds.

While Perez is going home, her recovery is far from over. Gadomski and Hall also have a long way to go, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue.

A GoFundMe page was created to help the three firefighters and their families.

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Dallas firefighter Officer Pauline Perez heads home from Parkland Hospital.