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Deputy Fire Chief rescued by own firefighters

by Patrice Walsh

Rochester, N.Y. -- 57-year-old Martin McMillan had the day off.

He went to the plumbing store to buy a faucet and was on his way home. He heard sirens when he approached the intersection near East Main Street and Ohio Street but didnt see anything, so he proceeded into the intersection.

It was then he saw the speeding pickup and realized he was going to be hit.

McMillan suffered serious injuries when the truck hit his SUV spun it around and tossed it on its side. He was trapped and his own firefighters had to rescue him.

Rochester Fire Chief Sam Mitrano was one of the first on the scene. He heard the call and happened to be right around the corner. He heard someone call out his name and then realized McMillan was the one trapped in the SUV, he was hanging upside down by the seatbelt.

Firefighters who were responding were told to step it up. When they arrived, they would have to rescue one of their own. Many of them work directly under McMillan and it was a traumatic rescue because he kept losing consciousness and was in a lot of pain.

He told Executive Deputy Chief Bill Curran at one point: Im hurting, just get me out of here.

McMillan suffered three broken vertebrae, a broken sternum and broken ribs, as well as other injuries.

He may need a brace to help him stand and if that doesnt work, may require surgery.

He is now getting visits from fellow firefighters and his wife Hillary and son Peter are with him.

The driver of the pickup truck was being pursued by police after an incident in Macedon, Wayne County.

The Fire Department had no comment on the chase that preceded the crash, only to tell us, no one likes chases, but police have a tough job.

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