BALTIMORE. HERE HAS BEEN BACK HOME FOR NEARLY THREE MONTHS NOW LIVING RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM A DAILY REMINDER OF THE FIRE THAT TOOK HIS NEIGHBOR’S LIFE AND CRITICALLY INJURED HIM, BUT HE SAYS HE’S NOT GOING TO LET THAT BOTHER HIM. THERE’S A REASON I’M STILL ALIVE. THERE’S THINGS I STILL GOT TO DO HERE GIBBONS CONSIDERS HIS ORDEAL A FRESH START A YEAR AGO ALMOST TO THE DAY HE RUSHED INTO HIS NEIGHBOR’S BURNING HOME TO TRY AND SAVE HER. SHE DIED A MONTH LATER AND HE SUFFERED BURNS TO 80% OF HIS BODY. I WOULD DO IT AGAIN. THAT’S A COMMON QUESTION. WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? AND I’D SAY IT WAS INSTINCT. WELL, I DIDN’T REALLY HAVE ANY TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT. AFTER MONTHS IN THE BURN ICU UNIT AT HOPKINS BAYVIEW THEN AN INPATIENT REHABILITATION CENTER. HE FINALLY MOVED BACK HOME IN JUNE WITH THE HELP OF DAYTIME NURSING AIDES. HIS RECOVERY IS FAR FROM OVER HE STILL AS THERAPY WOUND CARE AND FUTURE SURGERIES, BUT CONSIDERS HIMSELF LUCKY. THEY PUT ME BACK TOGETHER. JOHNS HOPKINS BAYVIEW PUT ME BACK TOGETHER. HAD I BEEN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY. I WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ALIVE PIERRE RECENTLY FOUND OUT THAT HE WILL BE AWARDED THE CARNEGIE MEDAL BY THE CARNEGIE HERO FUND COMMISSION. IT’S THE HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR IN THE UNITED STATES. PIERRE SAYS HE AMBLED I’D STILL DOESN’T CONSIDER HIMSELF A HERO TRUE HEROES. ARE THOSE GUYS THE FIREMEN THE POLICEMEN THE SERVICE MEMBERS THAT ARE OVERSEAS AND HERE WITHIN THE COUNTRY. THOSE ARE THE HEROES TO ME HAD IT NOT BEEN THEM PULLING ME OUT OF THE FIRE. I’D BE GONE NOW PIERRE’S HOME HEALTH CARE COSTS AREN’T COVERED BY INSURANCE. SO IS FAMILY HAS SET UP A GOFUNDME ACCOUNT FOR HIM. YOU CAN FIND A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE WBALTV.COM

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Man who tried to rescue neighbor from burning home will receive Carnegie Medal

One year ago this week, a Baltimore man was critically injured when he tried to rescue his neighbor from her burning home. Pierre Gibbons just found out he will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor for his actions.Gibbons has been back home for nearly three months now, living right across the street from a daily reminder of the fire that took his neighbor’s life and critically injured him, but he says he’s not going to let that bother him.“There’s a reason I’m still alive. There’s things I still got to do,” Gibbons said.Gibbons considers his ordeal a fresh start. A year ago, almost to the day, he rushed into his neighbor’s burning home trying to save her. She died a month later and he suffered burns to 80% of his body.“I would do it again, that’s a common question, ‘Would you do it again?’ and I’d say it was instinctual. I didn’t really have any time to think about it,” Gibbons said.After months in the burn ICU unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview, then an inpatient rehabilitation center, he finally moved back home in June with the help of daytime nursing aides. His recovery is far from over. He still has therapy, wound care and future surgeries, but considers himself lucky. “They put me back together. Johns Hopkins Bayview put me back together had I been anywhere else in the country I wouldn’t be alive,” Gibbons said.He recently found out that he will be awarded the Carnegie Medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, which is the highest civilian honor in the United States. Gibbons said he’s humbled but still doesn’t consider himself a hero.“The true heroes are those guys — the fireman, the policeman, the service members that are overseas and here within the country — those are the heroes to me. Had it not been for them pulling me out of the fire, I’d be gone now,” he said.Gibbons home health care costs aren’t covered by insurance, so his family has set up a GoFundMe account for him.Link to GoFundMe page for Gibbons.

One year ago this week, a Baltimore man was critically injured when he tried to rescue his neighbor from her burning home.

Pierre Gibbons just found out he will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor for his actions.

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Gibbons has been back home for nearly three months now, living right across the street from a daily reminder of the fire that took his neighbor’s life and critically injured him, but he says he’s not going to let that bother him.

“There’s a reason I’m still alive. There’s things I still got to do,” Gibbons said.

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Gibbons considers his ordeal a fresh start. A year ago, almost to the day, he rushed into his neighbor’s burning home trying to save her. She died a month later and he suffered burns to 80% of his body.

“I would do it again, that’s a common question, ‘Would you do it again?’ and I’d say it was instinctual. I didn’t really have any time to think about it,” Gibbons said.

After months in the burn ICU unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview, then an inpatient rehabilitation center, he finally moved back home in June with the help of daytime nursing aides. His recovery is far from over. He still has therapy, wound care and future surgeries, but considers himself lucky.

“They put me back together. Johns Hopkins Bayview put me back together had I been anywhere else in the country I wouldn’t be alive,” Gibbons said.

He recently found out that he will be awarded the Carnegie Medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, which is the highest civilian honor in the United States. Gibbons said he’s humbled but still doesn’t consider himself a hero.

“The true heroes are those guys — the fireman, the policeman, the service members that are overseas and here within the country — those are the heroes to me. Had it not been for them pulling me out of the fire, I’d be gone now,” he said.

Gibbons home health care costs aren’t covered by insurance, so his family has set up a GoFundMe account for him.

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