Rookie DC firefighter in critical condition following accident


WASHINGTON, DC -- Just before midnight Wednesday, rookie firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. was on the scene of a 2-alarm house fire on the 800 block of F Street North East, gearing up to battle the flames, when DC Fire and EMS says Smothers was hit by a passing fire truck.

“Firefighter smothers got off the fire truck and went to pull his attack line and in the course of doing that, another piece of fire apparatus came around him and struck him.”, explained Engine 3 Firefighter Technician, Margie Dickey.

Dickey said that Smothers is still in his probationary period, only having been with the department for about two months.

He joins a family legacy of firefighting with two uncles serving in the department, one of whom fought alongside him last night.

In a statement, his family says smothers is in intensive care and asking for privacy and prayers at this time.

Dickey said, “There’s a variety of hazards that we run into everyday on a daily basis that, not only do you have to watch out for yourself, but you have to watch out for your crew members too.”

As for the home that went up in flames, everyone was able to make it out safely.

David Hammonds is the homeowner’s brother and says he’s grateful for everything the quick response and hopes Firefighter Smothers pulls through.

“We really appreciate, you know, what they have done and we send out our condolences in regards to his family because these guys are the salt of the earth and it’s appreciated.”, said Hammonds.

Firefighter Smothers underwent surgery Thursday morning at Washington Hospital Center and was listed in critical condition.