A Burbank Police reserve sergeant severely burned last month while
disposing of road flares was released from the hospital this week.
DeWayne Wolfer, a 19-year veteran of the department, returned to
his Burbank home Tuesday after leaving the Grossman Burn Center in
Sherman Oaks, according to a police spokesman.
Wolfer received second- and third-degree burns to the left side of
his body and face while disposing of defective road flares at the
police shooting range May 16. Police said heat from the fire reached
ground water, causing a steam bubble to explode at the surface.
The Burbank Police Officers Assn. has donated more than $3,000 to
Wolfer’s family to help cover the costs of his recovery as well as
lost pay for the self-em- ployed dentist. Officials with the police
union have said they are planning fund-raisers for Wolfer.