Westport firefighter upgraded after fall from roof
The condition of one of two Westport firefighters who fell 30 feet from a roof while putting out a chimney fire was upgraded Friday.
Steve Lopes had surgery for multiple trauma injuries. He was upgraded to serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital. The second firefighter was treated at Charlton Memorial and released.
The fire department said icy conditions Thursday night on the roof of the house on American Legion Highway caused the two firefighters to fall.
When he's not fighting fires, Lopes raises money for local charities as a standup comedian called "The Portuguese Fireman."
He is second generation Portuguese and impersonates his family accent in most of his comedy routines.
His fellow firemen said he's the funny guy at the department too. The men are putting on a brave face, saying Lopes needs to get back to work but it was obvious they were having a tough time dealing with his accident.