Oklahoma Firefighter Critical after Falling from Bridge

Updated: 11-14-2006 02:44:42 PM

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City of Miami, Okla. Firefighter Bill Bunch is in critical condition after falling from a bridge while fighting a tractor trailer fire Monday, Nov. 13, according to Chief Kevin Trease.

Trease said the six-year veteran was on a hose line around 9:30 p.m. when he jumped over a concrete median, not realizing there was no ground on the other side. He fell more than 35 feet before being airlifted to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Trease said Bunch suffered multiple injuries but said that details are currently scarce.

"We've all have sort of been walking zombies all day, waiting (on new information). All we can do is wait," he said.

"We're kind of just numb right now. All of our thoughts are focused are toward him, but we are still here to do a job.

"Hopefully in a day or so he can improve and pull through this."

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