Volunteer Firefighter Jalen Smith, 20, was critically injured in a single car rollover while he and two other Jackson Heights firefighters when on their way to a crash Friday night, according to KLTV.
Officials say that the three firefighters were riding in a personal vehicle that rolled over multiple times off the road.
Firefighter Smith, who was not the driver, was found outside the vehicle and investigators are trying to figure out how he ended up there.
He suffered serious head and back injuries and doctors said he would likely have brain damage and be paralyzed if he survived.
Investigators believe that another vehicle may have pulled out in front of the firefighters causing the driver to "brake and take some evasive action" and lose control, but the investigation is ongoing.
The news station reports that Firefighter Smith grew up at the station, his grandfather a founding member there.
The Jackson Heights Fire Department was closed Monday night to mourn the loss of Firefighter Smith.
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Mark F JohnsonTuesday, December 04, 2012 2:01:05 PMI am so sorry to hear about the loss. Hopefully he is resting in peace now. I am sure that a man such as Jalen will be treated with open arms and receave special attention for being a Vollunteer and helping people in there time of need,
John Wesley ClecknerTuesday, December 04, 2012 6:57:36 PMRIP Brother another angle to watch over us.
Duane ClecknerWednesday, December 05, 2012 5:02:59 AMEverytime we get on a truck we risk our lives for YOU! More firefighters die on the way to the scene than on the fireground. Give us plenty of room the guy driving may not have much experience.
Katie ClementeWednesday, December 05, 2012 11:05:35 AMRIP always honored, never forgotten.
Stewart P. DeveauWednesday, December 05, 2012 6:03:26 PMMy family and I, along with the members of the Yarmouth (Nova Scotia, Canada) Fire Department, express our sincere condolences to the family, friends, community and members of the Jackson Heights Fire Department on the tragic loss of Firefighter Jalen Smith. May you take comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your sorrow. Rest in Peace My Brother.