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Firefighter Who Tried To Rescue Woman Dies Of Injuries

January 3, 1986

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A firefighter who fell 35 feet and cushioned the fall of a woman he was trying to rescue from a third-floor apartment died Thursday night of his injuries.

Firefighter Marcus Reddick, 26, a seven-year-veteran of the force, ″died a hero,″ said city Fire Director John Caufield.

″He’ll have a hero’s funeral,″ Caufield added.

After seeing 67-year-old Angela Ubeda screaming and waving frantically from a window on the third floor Tuesday night, Reddick climbed a 35-foot ladder and attempted to rescue her, Caufield said.

Another firefighter, Andy Marcell, climbed behind Reddick and grabbed his legs to secure him. As Mrs. Ubeda reached for Reddick, they both tumbled to the ground.

Reddick landed on the house stoop and Mrs. Ubeda landed on top of him, said Caufield.

The firefighter, who suffered injuries to his head, leg, back and neck, had been in critical condition at University Hospital, a spokeswoman for the hospital said.

Mrs. Ubeda was being treated for smoke inhalation at the hospital.

Fire and hospital officials said Reddick may have saved Mrs. Ubeda’s life by cushioning her fall.

″As soon as he died, his family agreed to donate his organs so he could continue saving lives,″ Caufield said.

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