Milwaukee firefighters struck shoveling snow; driver also hit station
MILWAUKEE - Two on-duty Milwaukee firefighters were struck while shoveling snow in front of a fire station just north of 91st and Appleton Avenue on Monday morning, Jan. 24.
Officials say around 7 a.m., a driver left the road, struck the firefighters and then the fire station itself. Surveillance video shows the moment they were struck.
Both fire department members, a 38-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, were hurt and taken to Froedtert Hospital by paramedic units. They were evaluated and released, expected to recover at home over the next few days.
"It is dumb luck and the grace of God that we're not dealing with a fatality or a critical injury here today," said Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski. "Because to put a firefighter between a sliding vehicle and the building creates a very, very different outcome here."
Lipski added that these firefighters were doing a very serious job, removing snow in front of the station so their trucks would be ready to respond to an emergency.
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The driver who caused the crash was cited for driving too fast for conditions. The fire chief pleaded with drivers to slow down.
"We are not respectful of each other, and we’re not at least aware that driving this two-ton bullet down the road could impact someone else’s life or lives," said Lipski. "Let’s bring that awareness back to the forefront here."
Lipski asked the community to show support for first responders with a simple thank you.
"They are laying it out for you on the regular, and it is at a pace we have not seen ever in this city," said Lipski.