As you are aware, Atlanta (Georgia) Fire-Rescue experienced a devastating incident yesterday while operating (upon arrival) at a crash on Interstate 85.
Atlanta Truck 2 and Paramedic Engine 30 were dispatched to that initial crash involving an overturned vehicle on I-85 Northbound near Cleveland Avenue. Upon arriving on scene at 07:32, the members of Truck 2 began exiting the apparatus to assist the driver injured in the overturned vehicle.
At that time an approaching 2009 Pontiac G-5 lost control and struck Truck 2 and AFRD member, Sgt. Darrow Harden, age 47. The collision amputated the left leg of Sgt. Harden on impact and also caused severe injuries to his right leg.
Additional Fire units were requested to the scene to handle the initial accident, the injured firefighter, and to access the injuries of the driver of the car that hit Truck 2 and Sgt. Harden. The Firefighters from Truck 2, Paramedic Engine 30, and Grady EMS began immediate life saving measures on Sgt. Harden and he was quickly transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and taken into surgery. Sgt. Harden, who has been with the AFRD for 7 years, is stable and currently recovering.
NOTE: Not unlike the crash that took the life of Hanover County (VA) Fire Rescue Lt. Brad Clark, this crash and Sgt Hardens critical injures occurred upon arrival-which gives us little to no “set up” time in order to start scene protection. This is a huge factor as we approach and size up the scene.
Please take time ASAP to take advantage of this free, online “roadway survival” training:
Please keep Sgt Harden, his family and AFR in your thoughts/prayers. The next few hours are critical in relation to his right leg. The Sgt’s picture is shown.