Connecticut man ‘critical’ after saving father’s life for second time in a year

By Calvin Palmer

A 20-year-old Connecticut man is in critical condition after saving his father’s life for the second time in a year.

Kyle Landa, of Griswold, pulled his quadriplegic father, David, out of bed when the family home caught fire at the weekend.

Last July, he pulled his father out the family swimming pool and resuscitated him.

Kyle rescued both his mother and father from the blaze before collapsing.  He is in critical condition in the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.

The house was destroyed in the fire.

Last week, Kyle became a father to a son named after David Landa.

He and Megan Dydo, high school sweethearts, lived in an apartment at the Bethel Road home, where they helped care for Kyle’s father, said Megan’s mother Susan Dydo.

When the fire began, Megan was at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, in New London, watching over her newborn son who was in the neonatal intensive care unit with a rapid breathing condition.

Kyle left the hospital to get some rest only a couple of hours before the blaze started.

“Thank God he was there,” Dydo said. “His parents would be dead. There’s no way his mom can move his father.”

Deputy Fire Marshal Tom Holowaty said the fire was reported at 3:30 a.m.

He said Kyle Landa was alerted first to the fire and then helped his parents, Dawne Landa, 46, and David Landa, 49, get out of the house.

The Landas were taken to The William W Backus Hospital in Norwich. Dawne was treated and released while David was listed in fair condition.

Dydo said Kyle Landa has second-degree burns on his hands and face. He is in a medically induced coma.

[Based on reports by The Day and]

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