This page is dedicated to provide updates on firefighter Wiedmann's condition and information on how to help.
We will try our best to keep this page as up-to-date as possible when we receive information on Rob.
A horrible event took place at FDNY Brooklyn Box 920 on December 19th 2011. While searching the top floor of a brownstone, two members of Rescue 2 Firefighter James Gersbeck and Firefighter Robert Weidmann became trapped. F.F Gersbeck was burned and removed from the interior while F.F. Weidmann was engulfed in an inferno as he was making his way to the front windows. Rob suffered burns to over 58% of his body causing him to remain in the burn center from the incident on 12/19/11 until he was finally released on 3/23/12. Rob has undergone multiple surgeries and skin graphs and still faces more in the months to come. Firefighter Gersbeck was released from the burn unit and is currently home recovering.
Rob is also a volunteer firefighter for the Islip Fire Department, a former captain of the Baldwin Fire Department and former member of the Brentwood Fire Department. Along with this traumatic event, his family has also suffered a substantial financial loss with Rob not being capable of working his second job. We would like Rob and his family to concentrate on his recovery and not worry about financial hardships for the duration of his rehabilitation. If you can, please help! Donation information is available below. Even though Rob was released from the hospital he remains in need of continuing care in the upcoming months.
There are many ways to donate. The FDNY Rescue 2 Mayday Fund has been created giving 100% of the funds taken in to the families of both Rob and Jim. There is an online paypal donation system available, to donate to this fund visit http://www.fdnyrescue2.org/news/fullstory/news/flashover You may also donate by mail by sending a check to: RESCUE COMPANY 2 F.D.N.Y. PO BOX 95 SAYVILLE, NY 11782 Or by dropping a donation off or mailing a donation to the Islip Fire House. If you are donating through the Islip Fire Department please make checks payable to Engine Company 1, Islip FD and in the memo please write C/O Rob Wiedmann Fund. 100% of these donations will go directly to the Wiedmann Family. Islip Fire Dept. Engine Co. 1 Rob Wiedmann Fund 28 Monell Ave. Islip, NY 11751
Due to his many surgeries Rob is in need of large quantities of type O Negative blood. There are many blood drives being set up at various locations over the next few months. Any blood type can be donated and will be credited toward Rob. Please see the below list for information on the upcoming blood drives.
Central Islip Fire Department April 23, 2012 10 am - 8 pm 97 Carleton Ave. Central Islip, NY 11722 631.234.9145 PLEASE FORWARD YOUR BLOOD DRIVE INFO TO email@example.com