UT Battalion Chief Pinned Helping Car in Crash

Draper City Fire Dept (UT)

A Draper City firefighter is "doing great" and could be "released from the hospital shortly" after he was struck by a car Thursday, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

The battalion chief, whose name wasn’t released, had been helping a car that had previously crashed Thursday night, the highway patrol said. Another car then lost control, drove onto the shoulder and pinned him against the car he had been helping.

The firefighter was airlifted to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. The highway patrol described the battalion chief’s injuries as "severe," but an online post late Thursday said he was "doing great."

Great news! Our firefighter brother is doing great! Reports are that he doesn’t have any severe injuries. He may be released from the hospital shortly. Thank you to all of Utah’s first responders for their efforts above and beyond the call of duty on this challenging day!

— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) December 28, 2018

"Thank you to all of Utah’s first responders for their efforts above and beyond the call of duty on this challenging day!" the highway patrol said in a statement.

This is the second time in 2018 that a Draper Fire Department battalion chief has been seriously hurt on duty. Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, 42, was killed fighting a California wildfire in August.

Draper City Fire Dept (UT)
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