From The Ashes, Surviving the Station Nightclub Fire, A Personal Story Of Tragedy And Triumph By Gina Russo with Paul Lonardo
Interview on Boston TV Channel 5 (April 6, 2010)
Boston’s View: Nightclub Fire Survivor Gina Russo
Interview on Boston TV Channel Fox 25 (February 17, 2010)
The Station nightclub fire: A survivor’s story | Gina Russo
Interview on Providence Channel 12 WPRI (February 2, 2010)
Woman who survived Station Nightclub fire releases book
On February 20, 2003, a crowd of nearly five hundred people were packed inside a small nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island to listen to the music of 80’s rock band, Great White. During their opening song, a pyrotechnic display ignited a stage wall. A rampaging fire spread quickly, engulfing the interior and trapping many people inside before they could escape. Within minutes, the incident became the fourth deadliest fire in U.S. history, killing 100 people and injuring 200 more.
Gina Russo, 36, a divorced mother of two young boys, was overcome by smoke inhalationand passed out before being pulled from a pile of bodies by an unknown rescuer. Her fiancé, Freddy Crisostomi, died at the scene. Gina had sustained burns to over 40% of her body, lost her left ear and the burns to her head went clean to her skull, making her unable to grow her own hair. She spent eleven weeks in a coma and six more weeks in a rehabilitation hospital before she was finally allowed to go home. The grueling physical therapy continued for many years, and so far she has undergone fifty surgeries and skin graft procedures.
The psychological scars she endured are every bit as permanent as the ones to her body. However, with the love and support of her family, Gina has made tremendous progress, while maintaining her positive outlook and love for life. As Gina recounts her long road to recovery and wholeness, she offers readers an emotional story of hope and triumph that will amaze and inspire. Gina gives her caregivers and her family all the credit for her survival, but her own strength and courage cannot be discounted, and these are the things that come shining through in this book, an inspiration for anyone who has gone through any degree of loss and suffering.
“Seconds after pyrotechnics ignite stage wall behind Great White band” — 2nd picture in gallery was taken by Dan Davidson copyright 2003