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Anchorage firefighter Ben Schultz welcomed home nearly a year after fall

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: May 24
  • Published May 24

Anchorage firefighter/paramedic Ben Schultz reacts to family and friends gathered to welcome him home at the airport on Thursday, May 24, 2018, nearly a year after falling from a ladder during a training accident. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Family and friends gathered at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Thursday afternoon to welcome home Anchorage firefighter/paramedic Ben Schultz.

Nearly a year has passed since Schultz, 29, fell more than 70 feet from a ladder during a training accident at Anchorage Fire Station 5 in Spenard. Fellow firefighters took Schultz, who was in critical condition after the fall on June 5, 2017, to Providence Alaska Medical Center, where he spent four weeks in intensive care before being flown to Craig Hospital in Denver for rehabilitation of a traumatic brain injury.

Schultz said he was surprised by warm greeting at the airport and is excited to get back to work in a couple weeks on light duty.

Ben Schultz gives his mother, Joan Schultz, a hug at the airport.  (Bill Roth / ADN)
Anchorage firefighter/paramedic Ben Schultz was picked up at the airport by Truck 5 nearly a year after falling from its ladder during a training accident. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Anchorage firefighter/paramedic Ben Schultz got a ride from the airport in Truck 5.  (Bill Roth / ADN)
Friends wave to Ben Schultz as he leaves the airport on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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