Friends and fellow firefighters at Richland Fire Department say a call responding to one of their own has never happened in their 40 years. However, that changed on Wednesday.
“I was already at the fire scene when the dispatcher said the truck was on its’ top and the driver was trapped in it,” said Pat Mills, Assistant Chief.
Mills said he knew who it was when the call came in. He had just seen fellow Richland firefighter Jerry Mills leave the station. Jerry Mills was on his way responding to a brush fire when his truck flipped.
What he saw when he got to the crash was something that devastated all of them.
“He was just hollering and screaming. I was just scared to death he may not make it,” Mills said.
Jerry received non-life-threatening injuries and was flown to the University of Tennessee hospital.
While it was hard to go back to work without him on Thursday, his friends are just thankful that he is safe.
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