MILWAUKEE – Two on-duty Milwaukee firefighters were struck while shoveling snow outside a fire station just north of 91st and Appleton Avenue on Monday morning, Jan. 24.
According to the authorities, around 7 a.m., a driver left the road, rammed the fire brigade and then the fire station itself. Surveillance video shows the moment they were hit.
The two firefighters, a 38-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, were injured and taken to Froedtert hospital by paramedics. They have been assessed and released, expected to recover at home over the next few days.
“It’s stupid luck and the grace of God that we’re not dealing with a death or serious injury here today,” Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski said. “Because putting a firefighter between a sliding vehicle and the building creates a very, very different outcome here.”
Lipski said those firefighters were doing very serious work, clearing snow in front of the station so their trucks were ready to respond to an emergency.
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The driver who caused the accident was cited for driving too fast for the conditions. The fire chief pleaded with the drivers to slow down.
“We don’t respect each other, and we’re not at least aware that driving that two-tonne ball down the road could impact the life or the life of anyone else,” said Lipsky. “Let’s bring that awareness to the fore here.
Lipski asked the community to show their support for first responders with a simple thank you.
“They cook it for you on a regular basis, and it’s at a rate we’ve never seen in this city,” Lipski said.