Driver Arrested after Hitting Herscher, IL, Firefighter

April 8, 2024
Herscher's police chief said the firefighter was hit after the driver ignored orders to stop and got into an arguement with them.

Police arrested a driver and charged them with a violation created to protect first responders after they struck a firefighter in Herscher. 

Firefighters from Herscher responded to a power line down after a transformer fire on Illinois Route 115 after 2 p.m. They were in the process of shutting the road down when the incident happened. 

Clayton Connor failed to stop when ordered by firefighters, Police Chief Kurt Quick told the Daily Journal.

Connor, 18, got into a verbal argument with firefighters and tried to leave the area when he struck the firefighter.

Quick said police were able to stop Connor and take the St. Anne resident into custody.

The firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Riverside Medical Center.

Connor was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, reckless driving and a Scott's Law violation. That law was named after Chicago Lt. Scott Gillen was killed after being struck at an accident scene in 2000.

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