A former Ohio volunteer Firefighter who was responding on a
fire call, struck a car and killed one of the occupants, was sentenced
today to nine months in jail. The judge also ordered that Timothy Johnson, 43,
have his driver's license suspended for three years. Mr. Johnson, who has been
free on bond, was handcuffed and taken to jail after the sentencing.
Mr. Johnson had been indicted and gone to trial on felony charges stemming from
the July 16, 2010, crash that killed Ian Huffman, 24 and seriously injured Mr.
Huffman's girlfriend, Olivia Duty, now 22. His trial last year ended in a
mistrial after Judge Moon declared that special prosecutor Ken Egbert, Jr., had
committed prosecutorial misconduct by introducing testimony without sharing it
in advance with the defense. Johnson, a former member of the Portage District
(Ohio) FD, was responding to the fire station in Oak Harbor to respond to
a mutual aid call for a ladder truck in Clay Center when he struck Ms. Duty's
car. In a plea agreement with prosecutors in July, Mr. Johnson pleaded guilty
to one count each of negligent vehicular homicide, a first-degree misdemeanor,
and attempted negligent homicide, a second-degree misdemeanor.
DOUBLE FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH IN PORTUGAL
In Portugal, on September, 21st, Volunteer FF Pedro Manuel
Santos Brito died in the Line of Duty from burns. He passed away in the
University of Coimbra Hospital. A member of the Corpo de Bombeiros Voluntários
de Côja, FF Brito suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns while operating in a
wildland fire in the woods of Casal Cimeiro, in Arganil, Portugal on Sep. 15th.
The same fire also had already claimed the life of 25-year-old Volunteer FF
Patrícia Alexandra Rodrigues Abreu. Three other FFs were injured in the blaze,
but are recovering well. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
In Brazil, on September 19th, two military FFs and a Native-Brazilian civilian
were rescued after being missing for 8 hours. The FFs were in
a rescue mission due to the floods in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, with the
civilian as a guide, when their boat turned. They had to climb into a tree to
spend the night before being rescued uninjured by fellow FFs.
JR FIREFIGHTER WHO WAS BURNED LAST WEEK IS DOING
That 16 year old junior firefighter has been
discharged from Lehigh Valley Hospital following treatment for injuries
suffered when a training exercise went wrong. As you will recall,
it happened in Jackson Township, Monroe County a week ago.
The lad suffered first, second, and third degree burns when someone doused
a brush pile in gas then lit it on fire....more to follow.
Every October, the Nat'l Fallen Firefighters Foundation
sponsors the national tribute to all Firefighters who died in the Line of Duty
during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters
Memorial Weekend in Maryland....and you are invited to attend as
well. HERE IS MORE:http://weekend.firehero.org/