Firefighter hurt after being thrown from engine

August 17, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County firefighter was seriously injured yesterday evening when he was thrown from the cab of a fire engine as it left the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company on its way to a call in Brooklandville, a Fire Department official said.

At 5:52 p.m., a fire engine from volunteer company No. 320 on Sudbrook Lane was leaving the station and turning left toward Park Heights Avenue when the firefighter, who had donned his equipment but apparently had not fastened his seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and landed on the roadway, the fire official said. The firefighter's name was not released.

The injured man, who also is a paid firefighter at the Dundalk station and lives in Owings Mills, was taken by ambulance to a landing area at nearby Druid Ridge Cemetery, where he was flown by a state police helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and admitted with a possible fracture of a lumbar vertebra, the official said.

The incident is being investigated by the fire department.

The volunteers had been responding to an alarm for an odor in the bedroom of a house in Brooklandville. That call was handled by a Pikesville professional fire company that responded after the accident, the fire official said.

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