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Illinois LODD – Funeral for FF Chris Brown

Bloomington Firefighter Chris Brown

Bloomington Firefighter Chris Brown. Bloomington FD photo

The funeral is Monday for Hudson/Bloomington Firefighter Chris Brown who was killed at the scene of an MVA, from the Pantagraph.com:

 The driver of a semitrailer truck that struck and killed one firefighter and injured five others at an Interstate 39 accident scene has been charged with violating Scott’s Law, which calls on drivers to show what one police officer said is “common sense” at roadside emergency scenes.

Mansur Shakirov, 28, of Spokane, Wash., has been issued citations accusing him of driving too fast for conditions and violating the Move Over Law, also known as Scott’s Law. State police are continuing to investigate the crash that killed veteran firefighter Chris Brown, 39, of Hudson.

The Move Over Law mandates that upon approaching a stopped, authorized emergency vehicle, a motorist should yield the right of way by making a lane change when it is safe to do so. A driver also must reduce speed and proceed with caution if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.

The funeral for Brown, a Bloomington firefighter who also volunteered for the Hudson department, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Eastview Christian Church in Bloomington.

Scott’s Law was named after Lt. Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department, who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

The entire article is HERE. Our previous post is HERE.

thanks Chris

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Plainfield engine damaged at accident site

Andy Hilk found this article  in the Plainfield Patch about an accident that occurred while firefighters and police were already working an accident scene on I55 near US 30 in Plainfield.

A distracted driver who failed to see the flashing lights of four emergency vehicles on Interstate 55 sideswiped a Plainfield Fire Protection Districtfire engine Wednesday night.

Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton called it a “miracle” that the driver did not end up injuring any firefighters, ambulance personnel or other people at the scene, just north of U.S. 30.

The ambulance was parked in front of the fire engine, and two Illinois State Police cars were parked behind it, Stratton said. Orange cones were set up behind the police cars, he said.

The driver of the second car knocked over the cones but avoided hitting the two police cars before sideswiping the fire engine and coming to a stop, Stratton said. That he did not strike the ambulance, push the fire engine into the ambulance or hit any of the people on the scene was just luck, he said.

A spokesman for Illinois State Police District 5 said the driver of the second car, whose name was not available Wednesday night, offered no explanation other than he was “distracted.”

He was ticketed under Scott’s Law, which increases the penalties for drivers who fail to yield to emergency vehicles or cause accidents at roadside emergency scenes. Under that law, he could be fined up to $10,000 and could potentially have his license suspended.

 

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