Colorado Firefighter Charged Following Fatal Apparatus Accident

A Colorado Springs firefighter has been charged with careless driving following the death of a woman last month. Firefighter Wesley Cosgrove was driving a brush unit when he ran over a woman who was laying on the ground in Dorchester Park.

The brush unit was responding to a fire in a tree stump and drove over what appears to be debris on a dirt path. Margaret Miller was apparently under the debris, which included blankets and other items. The careless driving charge is a misdemeanor.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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