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Madonna Badger Desperately Battled Firefighters To Get Back Into Burning House To Save Babies

Wed, January 11, 2012 9:17am EDT by 5 Comments
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It’s just been revealed how far Madonna Badger went to try and rescue her three young daughters — Firefighters had to physically restrain the hysterical mom from charging back into the fire!

A tragic Stamford, Conn. fire took the lives of ad executive Madonna Badger’s parents and three young girls, Lily, 9, and twins Sarah and Grace, 7. The emotional  Madonna had tried extreme measures to save the children herself, even risking her own life. “She was trying to get back into the house, they had to physically stop her from going into the house and back up the ladder,” Peter told

The firefighters say they remember Madonna wailing “My babies! My babies! My whole life is in there!” as they arrived on scene.

Rescuers can still hear her desperate pleas as she watched the three-story home burn down while the others were trapped inside. “The one thing they can’t get out of the minds is her screaming,” Assistant Fire Chief Peter Brown told the NY Daily News. “That voice will stay with them for as long as they live.”

On Jan. 10, the department’s 70 members met in a six-hour session with FDNY peer counselors and local health care workers to try to talk through the trauma.

But the raging blaze was too much, and the firefighters had to abandon rescue efforts. When the rescuers found the remains, they were silent.

“We treated them like they were our own, with respect and dignity,” Peter said. “We were very careful. It was real quiet. Everyone was moving slowly. So careful.”

Such a tragic story! Our thoughts go out to Madonna and her family.

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