A longtime firefighter and EMT was critically injured and flown to Upstate Medical University after he crashed his personal vehicle into a tree while responding to an emergency call Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after 1600, they were responding from their station to reports of a person having difficulty breathing. While on their way, they came upon a single-vehicle crash on Catherine Street. The crash was a Firefighter who was responding to the same call. The firefighter had been heading to the station to get equipment on the road. It appears the Firefighter had swerved to miss another vehicle passing through an intersection while on his way. He missed the vehicle, and then spun and crashed into a tree on the driver’s side.
They dispatched another ambulance to the original call while they stayed to treat the firefighter, who was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital and later flown to Syracuse. The firefighter broke several bones as a result of the crash, but it appears he did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.