BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo firefighter has been released from the hospital after an incident at The Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub in March.
In March the 7 News I-Team confirmed with the Buffalo Fire Department that firefighter Derek Rose was hospitalized at ECMC and firefighter Richard Manley was suspended without pay for 30 days after an incident at The Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub on March 19. The Erie County District Attorney's office said Rose was in his Buffalo Fire Department uniform when he was hurt after the "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn spoke about the incident days after it occurred, when Rose was in critical condition at ECMC, and said the following:
I've got a wife with a husband in the hospital now in critical, critical condition. I've got a mother with a son in the hospital right now in critical condition. I've got a firefighter — a member of this community — who helps protect all of us, whose job it is to save lives, in critical condition in the hospital right now. So far, I'm not getting a lot of help by telling me what happened. The wife wants to know what happened. The mother wants to know what happened. The fire community wants to know what happened. The community in general wants to know what happened, and John Flynn wants to know what happened.
Flynn made it a point to say whatever happened at the bar may not even rise to a level of criminality, but he needs to know what exactly happened before he makes a decision.
The district attorney's office provided an update Thursday and said it is continuing to investigate the incident and Rose has been released from the hospital. No charges have been filed at this time.
A GoFundMe was started in March for Rose's family which you can find here.