A Jacksonville firefighter is in critical condition after a collision with a pickup truck that forced the emergency vehicle to then impact a tractor-trailer truck.
Brush truck 52 was on the way to a call about 1 p.m. with its lights and siren on when the accident happened at Normandy Boulevard and Chaffee Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Two firefighters were taken by helicopter to Shands Jacksonville hospital. The condition of the second firefighter was unavailable.
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11-25-2004, 07:31 PM #1
Sad Day for Jacksonville, FL Fire-Rescue
11-25-2004, 07:37 PM #2
Two Jacksonville firefighters were hurt, one critically, in a crash that also injured a third motorist as the emergency workers rushed to a brush fire Tuesday.
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department engineer Danny Foote lost fingers on his left hand and suffered internal injuries believed to include bruised lungs and broken ribs, fire officials and a witness said.
The 16-year department veteran and father of two was headed into surgery at Shands Jacksonville hospital about 5 p.m. The fire engineer was still critical but expected to live as his family and colleagues flooded the hospital.
Foote's youngest daughter, Whitney Foote, 15, said she saw her father and while he couldn't speak to or see her, she was told that he could hear her.
"I told him I love him," the teen said through tears.
Foote's colleague, firefighter Eddie Parrish, a 25-year department veteran, was in stable condition at Shands. He suffered a back injury and couldn't remember the crash, officials said. His family, including his father -- former Jacksonville Assistant Fire Chief Frank Parrish -- also sat in vigil at the hospital.
The firefighters were taken by separate helicopters to the hospital after the crash at Normandy Boulevard and Chaffee Road about 12:50 p.m.
Foote, 49, was driving Brush Truck 52, and Parrish, 51, was riding in the passenger seat as the vehicle headed west on Normandy Boulevard with its lights and siren going, authorities said.
A pickup truck that was going north on Chaffee Road collided with the emergency vehicle in the intersection, then propelled the brush truck into a tractor-trailer truck, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Tim Spaulding said.
Tractor-trailer driver Jerry Campbell, 57, who was driving south on Chaffee, said his traffic light had turned green about five seconds before the crash and the brush truck went through a red light. Police had not yet said what color the traffic light was at the time.
Fire department procedure requires emergency vehicles to stop at red lights and then proceed only when the driver can account for all oncoming traffic, yielding the right of way.
Campbell said Foote was moaning but conscious and Parrish was unconscious right after the impact. Campbell was hauling wood for John Mart Enterprises on 103rd Street at the time of the crash.
"His left hand was out when the impact came," Campbell said of Foote. "It happened so fast."
Campbell said Foote's body was hanging out of the brush truck and he and three bystanders help lift him out of it.
After help arrived, Campbell watched emergency workers package Foote's amputated fingers on ice and take them with the firefighter in the helicopter.
The pickup truck driver, James Goldsberry, 31, of Jacksonville, went to St. Vincent's Medical Center. He was in good condition Tuesday
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11-25-2004, 07:49 PM #3
A Florida Highway Patrol officer photographs a Jacksonville Fire Rescue brush truck Tuesday after it was involved in a crash on the way to a brush fire. Two firefighters were taken by helicopter to Shands Jacksonville hospital.
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11-25-2004, 07:51 PM #4
Law enforcement officers confer at the scene of the Westside crash Tuesday involving a fire department vehicle, a pickup truck and a semi.
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11-25-2004, 09:10 PM #5
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During hurricane Francis, and Ivan our Task Force US&R team trained with members of the Jacksonville FL Fire Department Technical Rescue Team, great guys and Department. From VATF-2, and my Family Our prayers are with the Department the 2 Firefighters, and there families. Please keep us posted. May God bless. Stay safe.
11-26-2004, 01:29 AM #6
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It is never easy to hear of events like this, worse yet now that we are into the holiday season. My thoughts are with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and the Foote and Parrish families during their time of need. Hopefully both firefighters have a speedy and full recovery.September 11th - Never Forget
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