Providence firefighter returns to work after remarkable recovery

Providence Firefighter Matthew Gallant

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence Fire Department welcomed back one of their firefighters on Wednesday who spent nearly a year recovering from serious injuries.

Despite learning he was months away from even being able to walk, Matthew Gallant vowed last November to return to work for Engine 2.

Gallant’s pickup truck was destroyed when it was struck head-on by another vehicle on Smithfield Avenue on Oct. 24, 2015. The 27-year-old was transported to the hospital and rushed into surgery with significant injuries, including a broken femur, ruptured spleen, and an injured pelvis.

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The second driver, 33-year-old Lee Carrazana, allegedly drove off following the crash. He later turned himself in to police and was indicted in April on charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and driving with a suspended license.

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