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    Chicago Fire Lieutenant Struck, Killed by Car at Accident Scene

    Chicago Fire Lieutenant Struck, Killed by Car at Accident Scene

    Firehouse.Com News


    The driver of a car that fatally struck a Chicago fire lieutenant on Saturday has been charged with reckless homicide.

    Seeing the driver held accountable, however, can provide little satisfaction for the fire department, said spokesman Mike Cosgrove.

    "It will not bring Lt. Gillen back," he said. "The fire department is in the midst of preparing a funeral to honor the firefighter and at this time wishes that the law enforcement authorities perform their job and charge the driver with whatever is appropriate," the spokesman said.

    Newly appointed lieutenant Scott Gillen, 37, the father of five daughters, was killed as he was working at the scene of a traffic accident shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

    Police said the driver of the car, Carlando Hurt, failed to merge around the parked emergency vehicles.

    Gillen was trapped between the car and his own ladder truck, which he had been standing behind. After he was extricated, he was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later. There were no other serious injuries in the crash.

    Other charges Hunt faces include failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving under the influence and driving with a revoked license. At a bond hearing, prosecutors also told the judge that Hurt was legally drunk at the tie of the crash, the Chicago Tribune reported. Hunt's bond was set at $400,000.

    Gillen was a 14-year veteran of the fire department and is part of a firefighting family. He had been promoted to lieutenant just two weeks ago. The death was the second this year in Chicago involving a vehicle-related accident. Chicago Fire Lieutenant L. C. Merrell was killed and a second firefighter seriously injured when a ladder truck responding to a false alarm on Saturday, Apr. 29 was broadsided by a truck that failed to yield the right-of-way at a four-way stop intersection.

    "It is clear that there are members of the public that are not respecting the importance of emergency vehicles responding to alarms," Cosgrove said. "The fire comissioner is very upset that this situation takes such a heavy toll."

    Funeral/Memorial Information

    Visitation services for Gillen will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 26th from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sheehy Funeral Home in the 9000 block of W. 151st Street in Orland Park, Ill.

    Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 27th at 10 a.m. at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, at 10234 S. Washtenaw Ave. in Chicago.



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    Gillen, Scott P.

    Age: 37
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 12/23/2000
    Incident Time: 02:45
    Death Date: 12/23/2000

    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Non-Fire Emergencies
    Activity Type: Other
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Chicago Fire Department
    121 North LaSalle Street
    Room #105
    Chicago, Illinois 60602
    Chief: James T. Joyce

    Final Summary:
    Lieutenant Gillen and members of his truck company were dispatched to the site of a motor vehicle collision on an expressway to provide a traffic shield with their apparatus and to assist ambulance personnel. Two state police cars were positioned behind the ladder truck in a further attempt to divert traffic. As the incident was being concluded, Lieutenant Gillen walked around the truck to make sure that everything was ready to go. As Lieutenant Gillen walked, a passenger car ran over a line of flares in an attempt to slip by traffic. The car then struck a tractor trailer, spun, and pinned Lieutenant Gillen between the car and the ladder truck. Lieutenant Gillen was treated at the scene and then airlifted to the hospital. His legs were crushed in the collision, and he had lost a substantial amount of blood. He died 10 hours later. The driver of the car that struck Lieutenant Gillen was under the influence of alcohol and was driving on a suspended driver

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