No One Should Face Burn Recovery Alone: Oscar’s Video Testimonial

Captain Oscar Barrera was a long-time firefighter – he spent 26 years saving lives. On the day a call came in for a structure fire, Oscar did what he always did – suited up and embarked with his team to stop the fire. But on this day his life was about to change. 

While he was inside the building, the second story of the structure collapsed, trapping Oscar and knocking him unconscious. When he came to, he realized he was burning. After the initial intense pain came a surreal calm coupled with the thought, “I’m not going to make it.” 

Saved from the rubble by his coworkers, he was sent to the hospital with severe injuries and third degree burns. 

Dealing with the intense physical and emotional strain of burn recovery as well as the knowledge of other events that transpired during the fire, Oscar retreated into himself and tried to deal with the effects of being a burn survivor alone. Keeping busy deflected his emotions, but he came to realize that he needed help – and he received it through the Phoenix SOAR program. Later, he and his wife became motivated to "give back" and became trained Phoenix SOAR peer supporters themselves.  

Oscar Barrera has been able to share his story with individuals who have been through similar situations and helped them during their recovery to become thriving burn survivors like himself. Watch Oscar tell his compelling story in his own words in this short video below:

Funding provided through DHS/FEMA’s Grant Program Directorate for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - Fire Prevention and Safety Grants 

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