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UPDATE- Maryland firefighter hit by vehicle at fire scene. Ends up on hood of car with serious injuries as she stretched supply line across a street.

MD Montgomery seal 2A Montgomery County, Maryland firefighter is in a local hospital after being hit by a car at the scene of a working fire Monday night. The injured firefighter was the driver of the first arriving engine to the alarm at 10320 Westlake Drive in Bethesda around 7:30 PM. The 47-year-old firefighter is a veteran of the department assigned to Station 26.

According to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Assistant Chief Scott Graham, the firefighter, wearing a reflective vest, was dragging a supply line across the street to a hydrant, when a car lurched forward. The firefighter ended up on the hood of that vehicle.

The firefighter has serious, but non-life-threatening trauma. She is being treated for orthopedic injuries.

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According to Graham, the firefighter had actually made contact with the driver before being struck. The firefighter told the man to wait until she moved a coupling. Graham said her intention was to allow the driver to move his car before the line was charged.

 Sources indicate the driver of the car is elderly and may have confused the brake with the accelerator. Police have filed charged against the man.

The fire generated a lot of smoke on the fourth floor of the apartment building. A task force and rapid intervention dispatch was sent to the fire in addition to the initial box alarm.


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  • disgruntled

    Hey Bowers! Zero tolerance for us getting hit?!?

  • Anonymous

    speedy recovery to the fellow brother

  • anonymous

    fellow sister, actually.

  • Angry Angry Angry

    Who the heck cares if the driver was elderly? Who cares if this old person, in their dementia, confused the break and gas pedals?

    This person’s car struck a working firefighter who was in protective gear with a street vest. Period.

    I don’t care how old. Throw the book at him. License gone, permanently. Release the guy’s name. I want to know if he was charged with assault on a public safety official, or any equivilant charge to striking a sworn police officer.

    Hitting a firefighter should be no different from hitting a police officer. You lay hand, or car on one of us, you go to jail and YOU DO NOT GET OUT FOR A LONG TIME.

    That is ZERO TOLERANCE, Chief Bowers.


  • dave statter

    To the person who wrote fellow sister, we were aware of that last night, along with her station assignment. We were asked not to release that information until relatives were notified. We kept our story gender neutral until this morning.

    But thanks for keeping us straight. Always appreciated.


  • the deputy

    hope for a speedy recovery

  • Linda firefighter WV

    statter she did not post anyhing until it was posted her and it says “She is being treated for orthopedic injuries.” so you actully alreadt had it released.

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts are with you. Wish you a speedy recovery

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmmm, where was chief bowers?

  • Anonymous

    Dear Linda,
    That is the updated story! Yesterday it was gender neutral. Dave did not release the information until today!

  • WFDT

    This is the second time this firefighter has been hit by a car. The first time the situation was nearly identical, except the offending driver was a teenage volunteer who squirreled the call in his POV.

    Nice shot of my company car to open this video with.

  • Anonymous

    what does the fire chief have to do with it? yo u are stupid people

  • Cops Suck

    A battalion chief got into a fight with the cops over charging the driver? knock down / screaming. Any word Statter

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  • compadre

    Safety is paramount and it appears that she did everything that she could to protect herself. The reality though, is that when we are operating on a fire ground, we are often in the middle of the street with confusion and ignorance all around us. People panic when they see flashing lights on the road all of the time, this situation is no different. I can assure you, the driver probably feels horrible and did not intend to hurt her in any way. They call things accidents because they didn’t mean to have them happen. Where I agree that this person should be held responsible for their actions, they shouldn’t have to spend the rest of their life behind bars. She’s going to be fine, she broke a few bones…she got lucky and we are fortunate to have her still with us. But, we shouldn’t act as if this person intentionally tried to kill her out there…they made a mistake and someone got hurt. Try to be somewhat sympathetic to how they must feel and show a little professionalism and compassion for both parties involved. Lesson to take away…never assume you are safe…take extra precautions always!

  • Kris Butcher

    This is just a note from the sister of the injured firefighter. I don’t know if this is the venue for this… If not, I’m sorry but need to say that I am incredibly humbled and touched by the outpouring of support from her “other family” – her brothers and sisters in the Fire Department. I was an awesome feeling to know that she was not in it alone. When I arrived in the trauma bay, I found a jovial bunch of guys keeping her calm and distracted from her pain, but always concerned and watching the beeps of the monitors. You all are WONDERFUL. We were never without support. A few of you stayed for hours, packed her belongings at the station, sat vigil with me and are even helping to get her car home today. Special thanks to all Doug, Brock, and Mark for neglecting your own families and yourselves to make sure we had support. There were so many of you that offered to do and stay and help. I apologize if I don’t write your names, but I think you are now brothers to me too. Thank you all for doing the HARD jobs. What a special group of people you truly are. Thank you!

  • Linda firefighter WV

    ok thanks you, i seee now sorry


    It was obviously an unforseen occurrance. The Firefighter is a Professional. This what,how, why MCFRS Stresses very seriously
    Firefighter Safety. As for the comment where was Chief Bowers. There are two Battalion Chiefs automatically Dispatched on Full Structures. There is also an MCFRS Duty Chief. The Rapid Intervention Dispatch/Task Force brings Officers on Apparatus. ie;Captain/Lieutenant. There is also a Safety Officer sent. If for whatever reason Incident escalates to perhaps 3rd or 4th Alarms then Chief Bowers will be on the scene. With the injury
    to one of his Professional Staff obviously he was notified and
    was at some point on the Fireground. Whoever made the comment where was Bowers/Zero Tolerance. I am inclined to believe you are a Veteran and know better than to make an ignorant unprofessional/statement like that. There was/is an ICS and SOP in place that MCFRS strictly Trains and works ensure Firefighter/Civilian Safety. At the very least the individual who spoke those juvenile mentality words owes Chief Bowers and MCFRS an Apology. FIREFIGHTER SAFETY EVERYONE GOES HOME.

    Thank You

  • adult

    all of you grow up. Tired of hearing most of you cry!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Was the cannula necessary??? Seriously….

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think the elderly gentleman should be going to jail for the rest of his life. [We are in the service of helping others and it is a risky business.]
    Someone stated that this is the second time she’s been hit? I hope she is okay, and I hope she recovers well. But everyone is taught basic scene safety from the gecko. You may be towing a line out in the middle of the road but you still need to look both ways, which is why I don’t think the old man should go to jail for the rest of his life.

    The hot topic is majorly debatable all we can do is wish her well in both recovery and the future.