Family and friends will gather tonight to pray for the recovery of a heroic fire fighter.
Manny Rivera suffered a heart attack this week after pulling someone from a burning building
Since firefighter Manny Rivera collapsed on Monday, much of the city has been praying for him.
Today, his family spoke for the first time about his condition.
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Richard Laird, the Director of Fire and Emergency Services, says Rivera had responded to a raging fire just before 10, Monday night.
The 14-year fire veteran rushed to the side of 112 Washington Street where a man was dangling outside a window.
Witnesses told us the resident was holding on for dear life from the top floor.
Rivera, put a ladder in place to help the resident get out of his burning home.
Shortly after, Rivera collapsed at the scene according to Laird.
Rivera's doctor says he had a heart attack.
Right now Rivera remains in stable condition on a respirator in a non-medically induced coma.
Rivera who is married and has 5 children was working overtime.
His brother-in-law praises firefighters who have been at the hospital with Rivera around the clock.
Rivera's brother-in-law says they're joining the city tonight for a prayer service at ST. Mary's Cathedral at 7p.m.