Another sad day and a grieving family due to lack of seatbelts. This is not the only one since my other blog post regarding seatbelts, but it struck me when reading it... responding to a vehicle fire and leaving behind a young family. Our job is tough, our job is dangerous, our job can be incredibly rewarding. One thing our job should not be is deadly. There are ways to prevent a high percentage of LODD's. Be the solution, buckle up!
NO SEATBELTS IN OHIO APPARATUS CRASH LODD---WIFE AND 3 YOUNG DAUGHTERS LEFT BEHIND....UPDATE:
(NOTE: The Funeral service will be held on Friday July 11, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. - The Ohio Chiefs L.A.S.T. Team-NFFF is working with the family and Department www.OhioFireChiefs.com , www.FireHero.org )
While responding to the scene, Pitt Township FF Richard L. Kear, 58, Harpster, died in the Line of Duty after being ejected from the fire apparatus that went off the right side of the road. He was part of team responding to a Monday evening vehicle fire call. The engine rolled over into a culvert and hit a utility pole, ejecting FF Kear from the vehicle. Neither firefighter was wearing a seatbelt.
Darrin Rowland, the other Firefighter, crawled out from under the wreckage. FF Kear was flown to Grant Medical Center, Columbus, where he died at about 9:55 p.m. FF Rowland was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital where he was treated for injuries and then released. He sustained lacerations to the front and back of his head, abrasions mostly on the right side of his body and bruising on his lower back. FF Kear was a Pitt Township VFF for 16 years. He owned and operated K’s Kwik Mart in Harpster. FF Kear leaves behind his wife and 3 daughters, between the ages of 11 and 17.Take Care-BE CAREFUL-SEAT BELTS: THINK.