In the "EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED" section, a driver that was struck by a Florida fire department ambulance responding to a call died yesterday. A 63 year old man of Pembroke Pines, died from injuries suffered in a crash that happened about 10 p.m. Wednesday. The Pembroke Pines Fire-Rescue ambulance had its lights and siren on as it headed west. As it approached an intersection, Mr. Johns, who had been headed east, ignoring the responding unit, made a U-turn in his car…turning directly in front of the ambulance.The Firefighter driving, Larry Shahboz, tried his best to avoid Johns by swerving but the ambulance collided with the passenger side of the car. FF Shahboz and 2 other Firefighters got out of the ambulance and treated Mr. Johns before other paramedics arrived. The FF’s were not hurt. FF Shahboz, with 18 years on the job was naturally shaken as the was his first on-duty crash.
DEJA VUE…ALL OVER AGAIN: Apparatus blocking Saves Troopers Lives:
Remember wayyyy back in November of 2006 when a N.J. Deputy Fire Chief was arrested on I-80 and held in handcuffs for two hours? Those irrational actions followed an argument with the New Jersey State Police trooper after the Chief refused to move the blocking/protecting apparatus on Route 80. D/C Robert Jenkins of the Rockaway Township FD was charged with disobeying a state trooper and disorderly conduct after arguing with that trooper at the scene of the crash. A second firefighter who drove the apparatus also was ticketed following the conflict. Thoughtless, reckless criminals!…in the eyes of that trooper.