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FDNY firefighter Kevin Paulicelli released from hospital. Here’s more about the life-saving medications he received.

NEW YORK — A firefighter injured at work was released from Jacobi Medical Center on Sunday.

A life-saving drug to combat poisoning from smoke inhalation is said to have saved Kevin Paulicelli’s life.

“Everyone worked together, really did their job. I’m here now because of all of them,” said Paulicelli, still with bandages on his arms.

The 38-year-old father of two collapsed Friday while battling a smoky, two-alarm fire at a home in the Bronx. A mayday was declared and fellow firefighters rushed to drag him out. By the time he got to the sidewalk, he was unconscious. What saved him was an injection of hydroxocobalamin.

“That’s usually the thing that kills you. More often than the fire itself, it’s that deadly smoke. So the fact that it can reverse that poisoning and that it can actually revive someone is really a miracle cure,” Paulicelli said.

“As a firefighter and as a person he is top”

The FDNY said Paulicelli has been on the job for at least three years, is currently on rotation at Engine 90 in the Bronx and is an Army veteran.

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“As a firefighter and as a person, he’s top notch. He’s the kind of guy you want with you in any situation, especially one like this,” said Engine 90 Capt. Richard Cudden.

Cudden was there with Paulicelli on Friday when he was rushed to the hospital.

“It was scary, but I’m very relieved with how everything turned out,” Cudden said. “[He has] There is still a little way to go, but with the support of this great department, we will get there.”

Paulicelli is still recovering and has a network of support that goes far beyond the dozens of firefighters who cheered him on on his way home Sunday.

“For us, we save lives every day and our members are so special to do that, but to have saved the life of one of our own is especially special between the firefighters, the EMTs and the medics. It feels good,” FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said.

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“To all of our members here, everyone did a phenomenal job. Everyone. What they did to me saved my life,” Paulicelli said.

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