Last night (January 4) around 6:10 p.m., firefighters from Fire Station 10, Bailey’s Crossroads, were on their way back to the station after filling their fire truck up with fuel when they noticed a disabled vehicle blocking the right lane of Eastbound Route 7 at Patrick Henry Drive. It was dark, during rush hour and the car and driver were in a precarious position after experiencing a damaged tire. The driver of Engine 10 positioned the unit behind the car in a manner that controlled traffic and provided a safe barrier for the car and its driver.
Initially firefighters set up flares to alert other motorists to the disabled car, and create a safer environment for the driver, so they could continue back to the fire station. However, after speaking with the owner of the vehicle and learning that assistance was still a half-hour away, the crew decided the best thing they could do was change the tire and get the driver and car out of harm’s way. It would also create a safer environment for the other motorists on the roadway.
The crew of Lieutenant Schnaekel, Technician Delboy, Firefighter Higginbotham and Firefighter/Medic Dolan went to work to assist with changing the tire and ensuring the driver was able to safely get on their way.