Rookie DC firefighter critically injured after being hit by fire truck

Officials said Dane Smothers Jr. was preparing equipment when a ladder truck hit him

By FireRescue1 Staff

WASHINGTON — A rookie firefighter was critically injured after being struck by a ladder truck at the scene of a house fire.

NBC Washington reported that Dane Smothers Jr. was preparing equipment when a ladder truck arriving at the scene hit him.

Smothers suffered multiple injuries and was transported to the hospital for surgery. He is in critical condition.

"This incident reminds us all of the bravery and dedication of our first responders. We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. Our thoughts and prayers are with Firefighter Smothers, his family, and his fellow Fire & EMS colleagues," Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement.

We will update you once more information becomes available.


NEW DETAILS: 28-year-old Dane Smothers Jr. was preparing hose line and other equipment when he was struck by a ladder...

Posted by NBC Washington on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Brother Dane Smothers Jr, critically injured on the fireground 809 F St. N.E. Please keep him and his family in your thought and prayers.

Posted by IAFF Local 36, Washington, D.C. on Thursday, August 3, 2017


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