Marion County Fire Rescue lieutenant injured during blaze recovering after spinal surgery

A Marion County Fire Rescue lieutenant who was seriously injured while battling a house fire last week has been released from a local hospital.

Marion County Fire Rescue Lt. Scott Brandlein

Lt. Scott Brandlein was released from Ocala Regional Medical Center this past Tuesday after being evaluated and treated for a line-of-duty injury. He had suffered a spinal compression trauma while working a structure fire at a home in Ocala on Saturday morning, a report says.

During overhaul operations, ceiling debris fell onto Brandlein. He was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where it was determined that he had suffered a significant spinal compression, the report says.

Brandlein then underwent surgery on Monday and was released the following day. He is resting comfortably and recovering at home and expects to return to work in about three months.

“I would like to thank the men and women of Marion County Fire Rescue for their support during this time,” Brandlein said. “It is comforting to know that my family and I were taken care of without hesitation in our time of need.”

Fire Chief James Banta offered thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers for the injured firefighter.

“The outpouring of support from the community and within our fire rescue department proves that Marion County is the greatest place to live and work in Florida,” he said. “I would ask for continued prayers for Lt. Brandlein and his family while he recovers.”