Firefighter arrested for hit and run
Editor's note: Sorry for the incorrect initial titling. Upon my initial reading of the article, I drew the wrong conclusion. This is a very disturbing event and requires careful reading. I sincerely regret any misunderstandings that may have arisen.
Police arrest firefighter in fatal accident
By LAUREN MAYK
MANATEE COUNTY, FL -- A firefighter was arrested Thursday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run his department responded to earlier in the day.
Florida Highway Patrol deputies arrested East Manatee Fire Rescue Station 4 Lt. Robert Briesacher after the body of 49-year-old William Mathers was found in a ditch along Morgan Johnson Road around 7 a.m.
"It's pretty devastating to have this happen," Deputy Fire Chief Lee Whitehurst said. "Of course, it's not as devastating as (to) the victim's family."
The FHP said Mathers was wearing blue jeans and a black shirt and walking south in the 1200 block of Morgan Johnson Road shortly after midnight. Briesacher, driving south in a 2002 Ford pickup, hit Mathers and knocked him into a ditch on the west side of the road.
Briesacher, 30, was arrested around 10 a.m. at his Bradenton home for leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He was later suspended with pay from the fire department as authorities conduct an investigation.
Briesacher remained at the Manatee County jail late Thursday. Police estimated there was $3,000 damage to the truck he was driving.
Mathers' family gathered at his Bradenton home Thursday night, but had no comment.
Briesacher began as a volunteer with the department and was hired full-time four years ago. In October, he was promoted to lieutenant at the new Lakewood Ranch fire station.
Whitehurst said Briesacher has one minor disciplinary action on his record after failing to obey an order from a supervisor earlier this year.
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From the "I ain't good at no English" file......
Originally posted by cdevoe
It's just my belief that the term Professional is overused in this profession.
You're like a bad episode of The Twilight Zone
Stick to the topic, you twit!
You just had to get this one off-topic also, didn't you?
Go back to the Home page, click on "new thread" and type to your little heart's content about what a "professional" is or isn't. Otherwise, leave your condolences here for the family of the victim and pray that this isn't yet another black eye on our nation's fire service. Let's hope that they found a deer or wild boar in the same general area as the victim. The post-9/11 luster is rapidly wearing off.
cdevoe; you still here?