Firefighter Michelle Smith was responding to a car accident with injuries when she was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 20, 2008. The defense for the man who killed her claimed becuse Michelle was working as a medic on that call then he did not kill a firefighter. Fire Engineering disagrees, Mr. Taye killed a firefighter.
We wear many titles as firefighters, medics, rescue techs, confined space experts, hazardous materials responders, but inclusive of all of those other titles responsibilities and functions we are first last and always "firefighters". Judge Jerome O. Herlihy agreed and cleared the way for a possible conviction of 29-year-old Joseph Taye, on first-degree murder charges for killing of Firefighter Michelle Smith with his car.
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