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    LODD Detroit Firefighter Killed in Apparatus Collision

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    Detroit Firefighter Killed in Apparatus Collision


    Updated: 02-07-2007 11:05:25 PM



    Story by clickondetroit.com
    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/10961165/detail.html


    Police said a crash involving a fire truck and an SUV turned fatal Wednesday.

    The fire truck and SUV collided at the intersection of 14th Street and West Grand Boulevard on Detroit's west side.

    Detroit Police Deputy Chief James Tate said that one firefighter, Joe Torkos, and a man driving the SUV were killed. The driver of the fire truck was taken to Henry Ford Hospital. He was ejected from the truck in the crash.

    Tate said the Detroit Fire Department is not commenting on the incident out of respect for the deceased.

    A witness told Local 4 the fire truck had its lights and sirens on while traveling westbound on West Grand Boulevard, while the SUV was traveling southbound on 14th Street. He said the SUV did not stop for the fire truck when the crash occurred.

    Detroit police said a man, 31, was driving the SUV with an adult and two children as passengers. The man had to be cut out of the truck, a witness said. Police said the two children, ages 10 and 11, are in stable condition at Children's Hospital, and the other adult was taken to Henry Ford Hospital and is in critical condition.

    Stay tuned to Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com for updates to this story.

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    Flags flew at half-staff Thursday at a Detroit firehouse.

    Flags flew at half-staff Thursday at a Detroit firehouse.

    A firefighter who worked there, Joe Torkos, 47, died Wednesday in a crash involving a fire truck and an SUV. The driver of the SUV, Robert Lee Waller, III, 31, was also killed.

    Fire officials said Torkos had a young child and his wife was pregnant. His wife had just had an ultrasound and had found out they were going to have a baby girl. She was going to tell her husband the information when he returned home from work.

    Torkos reportedly was alive for a short time after the accident. Witnesses said his last words were, "Tell my wife and daughter I love them".

    Police said the SUV was speeding southbound on 14th Street before it struck a fire truck heading westbound on West Grand Boulevard.

    Officials said the truck was rushing to the scene of a fire and its lights and siren were on.

    Police told Local 4 Waller did not have a valid driver's license, and had been previously cited for driving without a license. Sources told Local 4 the speedometer of the SUV was stuck at 84 mph, and an open bottle of cognac and a handgun were also found in the vehicle. Detroit police spokesman James Tate said he also had a bag of cocaine in his pocket.

    Waller was traveling with his cousin Abdul Hubbard, 31, his daughter, 11, and his daughter's 10-year-old friend. Friends said they were on their way to a birthday party for Waller's daughter.

    Hubbard is in critical condition at Henry Ford Hospital, and the 10-and 11-year-old are in stable condition at Children's Hospital.

    Three other firefighters were also injured in the crash. Lt. Walter Grysko is in serious condition, and two other firefighters remain in stable condition at Henry Ford Hospital.

    Funeral Arrangements For Joe Torkos Visitation: John Solosy Funeral Home 3206 West Fort Street Lincoln Park Saturday 2 p.m. -9 p.m. Sunday Noon - 9 p.m. Funeral: Monday Feb. 12 Lie In State 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mass 11:00 a.m. St. Hedwig Catholic Church, 3245 Junction Street, Detroit


    Stay tuned to Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com for updates to this story.

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