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Important Update on Firefighter Michelle Smith's Murder case

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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Comment by Bobby Halton on October 23, 2009 at 9:14am
Roger, I could not agree more with you. Well said and thank you for all your dedication and service.
Comment by ROGER B. WILLIAMS on October 21, 2009 at 1:37pm
There are very few stand alone EMS companies anymore. Of course excluding the private companies that provide for many large cities. It is unfortuanate that a judge had to rule that Ms Smith was a firefighter first and a medic second. This accident occurred almost a year ago and this accused person has not been brought to justice. I started in the fire service in 1968 and became an EMT in 1972 and a paramedic in 1980. I have been a volunteer for almost 42 years and have previously been a captain and a battalion chief as saftey officer for 15 years. I still run almost every day and serve as a driver/pump operator with a 24 year old engine from our sub station. I am an instructor and teach mostly firefighter 1 and 2 and have completed Fire Officer 1,2,3,and 4. I hope that this individual facxes the maximum penalty for Ms Smith's death.

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