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Vann Sorrell, of Buies Creek, N.C., the father of Bladensburg volunteer firefighter Ethan Sorrell, who was injured in a house fire in Riverdale on Friday, gathers his thoughts as he speaks to the media at Sunday at Washington Hospital Center. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Vann Sorrell, of Buies Creek, N.C., the father of Bladensburg volunteer firefighter Ethan Sorrell, who was injured in a house fire in Riverdale on Friday, gathers his thoughts as he speaks to the media at Sunday at Washington Hospital Center. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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