Firefighters life saved by helmet during Noel structure fire

It was a call no mother wants to hear as Chief Barrett let her know that Blake had been injured.
Noel Firefighter Injury

NOEL, Mo, – The Barrett family has firefighting in their blood.

So when the fire at the Noel African Grocery Store and Mosque broke out Monday morning, all hands were on deck.

“The boys are always hustling out for fires or car wrecks or whatever, so I didn’t think too much about it. So I was listening to the radio and I caught some Facebook lives and realized how big it was” said Mandy Barrett.

Mandy Barrett is the president of the Noel Fire Department auxiliary, while her husband Brandon is the Fire Chief for the department.

Her 22-year-old Blake is a lieutenant and her 12-year-old Bryer is a cadet with the department.

“it turned into listening to the radio and hearing Blake make entry into the fire and Brandon making directions and what not but then Brandon called me, I don’t even know what time it was” added Mandy.

It was a call no mother wants to hear as Chief Barrett let her know that Blake had been injured.

“I’ve got to get there that was my first thought I got to get there and see it with my own eyes that Blake is talking and fine. He did not enjoy being on that stretcher let me tell you he did not want to be there by any means.”

“What had happened was one of the beams across the window or the door over here on the main building had fallen and it struck him right at the top of his helmet, smashed his helmet. You know, I mean pretty much it saved his life” said Chief Barrett.

Blake has a thoracic compression fracture in his 5th 7th and 8th vertebrae and will wear a brace for the next 6 to 8 weeks.

An injury that could have been worse without the protection of his helmet.

“That’s something that my husband Brandon is very adamant about for all of them is when you’re on a fire scene you will wear your gear, you will gear up no matter what it is, and I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful it’s been put in both of my boy’s minds that you take it very seriously and of course a structure fire is a serious thing but even car wrecks or you know any type of medical response you’re going to see them in their gear and I’m thankful because it could have ended very, very badly had he not been protected the way he was” added Mandy.

The Barrett’s will be in contact with a neurosurgeon soon and are hoping for a speedy recovery as Blake is set to start the police academy on January 17th.