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Grand Island Fire Co.: Rescue personnel attend to slew of accidents

by jmaloni
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 07:00 am

by Ray Pauley

Public Information Officer

Grand Island Fire Co.

Following three motor vehicle incidents on Friday, Jan. 25, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel had to contend with two separate accidents on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Grand Island firefighters/medics responded to a three-car accident at the intersection of Grand Island Boulevard and Whitehaven Road, according to Assistant Fire Chief Chris Soluri.

Donald Sparrow, 68, of Grand Island, Donald Davis, 55, of Lockport, and Nathan Attaro, 25, of Buffalo, were evaluated at the scene, but denied injuries.

At 4 p.m., GIFC rescue personnel responded to a two-car accident at Baseline and Whitehaven roads.

Soluri reported that one driver, Bruce Sims, 81, of Grand Island, denied injuries. The second vehicle contained the Matt Linenfelser family, which included four children, ages 10, 8, 6 and 5. All were evaluated by GIFC medics, and no injuries were reported, because they had been safely restrained by seat belts. All GIFC units returned to service at 4:35 p.m.


Shortly before 1 a.m. on Friday, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle incident that occurred on Schwegler Road.

Soluri reported that the driver, 22-year-old Jesse Carpenter of Grand Island, left the roadway and travelled between two homes at 83 and 89 Schwegler, striking a gas meter and fence before coming to a stop. He declined treatment at the scene. An investigation was being conducted by the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

Subsequently, at 7:15 a.m., the GIFC responded to another one-car motor vehicle accident on the I-190, southbound, near the Bedell Road overpass. The driver, 37-year-old Michael Redfern of Grand Island, ran off the roadway and was evaluated at the scene but refused treatment/hospitalization.

Finally, at 7:34 a.m., Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a report of a vehicle crashing into a tree in the 2400 block of Stony Point Road. Fire Chief Kevin Koch reported that the 16-year-old driver of Grand Island was evaluated and released to a parent. A 13-year-old passenger was treated by GIFC medics for traumatic injuries and transported to Women and Children's Hospital for further medical attention.

All GIFC units returned to service at 8:04 a.m.

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