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Ohio Firefighter Who Lost Both Legs Sues FD and Firefighters

An Ohio firefighter who lost both legs in a tragic on-scene accident has filed suit against a neighboring fire department and three of its firefighters.

Firefighter Josef Tadijanac of the Washington Township Fire Department, was pinned between two tanker-tenders on June 24, 2012 while operating at a fire. At the time Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department Tanker 121 was pumping water to Troy Township Fire Department Tanker 145. Tanker 121 suddenly moved forward, pinning Tadijanac.

The suit was filed in Richland County Common Pleas Court in October against Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department, Fire Chief Craig Roberts, Firefighter Scott Gerhart, and Firefighter Isaiah Finley.

The suit alleges that Gerhart and Finley were liable because they were operating Tanker 121 at the time. The suit also alleges that neither firefighter was properly trained.

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