Two Updates – Accused Killer of Perdomo Indicted; Woman and Daughters Reunited with Rescuers

Two stories I covered in the past have had noteworthy updates this week in the news.

Mom, daughters reunite with rescuers who saved them from dangling car

You might remember the story titled “Firefighters, US Navy Seabees, and luck save a woman and two daughters in daring California rescue”. The link includes a photo and video from the daring rescue. Kelli Groves and her two daughters were dangling off the side of a bridge. Firefighters were assisted by US Navy Seabees who just happened to be traversing the same road and saw the accident. There is another video below.


The 36-year-old elementary school teacher was reunited with Santa Barbara County firefighter Greg Nuckols and Sgt. Tom Mullen of the California Highway Patrol, when the heroes who talked her through the horrific ordeal made a surprise appearance on TODAY.

Another story updated today includes the case of Seminole County Firefighter Jerry Perdomo

Jerry Perdomo

Prior coverage on Fire Critic here, here, and here. Perdomo was missing for days before his body was found. Even after that, details were slow to emerge. has the story today about Perdomo’s accused killer being indicted in his murder.

ABIGAIL CURTIS, Bangor Daily NewsPublished Friday, May 18, 2012

BELFAST, Maine – A local man accused of killing a Florida firefighter in February and dumping his body in the woods of Newburgh was indicted this week by the Waldo County Grand Jury.

Daniel Porter, 24, of Jackson, was charged with one count of intentional or knowing murder for the slaying of Jerry Perdomo.

Police have said that Porter shot Perdomo in the side of the head on Feb. 16 at a rented home in Jackson with a semi-automatic rifle and that it was a drug-related crime. Perdomo, a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Seminole County Fire Department, allegedly had been coming to Bangor once a month for nearly a year in order to illicitly transport and sell prescription drugs from Florida.