Lt. David Leply, Sgt. Christopher Stripling & FF Jamal Daniel. FF's involved in accident witnesses: "they're heroes" pic.twitter.com/KofWkR3O2g— Liz Artz (@LizArtzWSB) May 11, 2016
Crews investigate an accident involving a fire truck. The impact so forceful it ripped through concrete pic.twitter.com/yTkUtS0bRX— Liz Artz (@LizArtzWSB) May 11, 2016
"I couldn't be more proud of how they reacted," Merkison said about his firefighters.
Merkison told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant that he gives nothing but praise for how the firefighters jumped right into action despite just being in a wreck.
"Their injuries became secondary at that point, it's let's make sure these patients are taken care of and then we're worry about ourselves," Merkison said.
Merkison credit’s the men’s instincts and training for keeping the 6-year-old alive while they tended to the driver and the 10-year-old who had less serious injuries.
"That urge that makes you want to do this job to begin with kicks in and says we got to go help, and that's what they did," Merkison said.
The chief told Diamant the firefighters’ injuries are minor and their thoughts, along with the department’s, remain focused on the three girls and their family.
"This really brings it close to home and really makes it hit a little bit harder," Merkison said.
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