Fresno Fire Capt. Pete Dern remained in critical but stable condition early Saturday afternoon, said Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Tony Escobedo.
Around 1 p.m., Escobedo said Dern had just been rebandaged.
Another surgery is planned for Tuesday to remove burned tissue and place temporary skin, said Mary Lisa Russell, spokeswoman for Community Regional Medical Center.
Dern is breathing on his own again after an endotracheal tube was removed Friday, Russell. The tube had been restored after Dern underwent surgery on Wednesday.
A biopsy of Dern’s skin has been sent to a cell-processing plant to grow the firefighter’s own skin to help in his recovery. The new skin will be used as skin grafts for Dern, who was burned over 70% of his body on Sunday when he fell through a garage roof while fighting a house fire and was engulfed in flames.
His heroism has been reciprocated with fundraisers ( an online donation page at youcaring.com was at more than $109,000 in pledges Saturday afternoon) and blood drives — Dern will need blood transfusions in his recovery.
On Monday, the Visalia Fire Department will have a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Central California Blood Center, 1515 S. Mooney Blvd. Tacos will be provided at the drive by Chapalas from 11 a.m. until they run out.
The Fresno Fire Department is organizing a blood drive Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Clawson Honda and Clawson Motorsports, 6346 N. Blackstone Ave. in northeast Fresno.