Iowa Firefighter Hurt in Apparatus Crash Suing Civilian Driver and Vehicle Owner

An Iowa firefighter who was seriously injured in an apparatus accident in 2022, has filed suit against the driver and owner of a piece of farm equipment. Matthew Fisher, a firefighter with the Durant Fire Department, filed suit earlier this year naming Kent Reimers, Liqui-Grow Trioak, L. L. C., Liqui-Grow of Traer, L. C., Twin State, Inc., and Employers Mutual Casualty Company as defendants.

The suit was filed earlier this year in Muscatine County District Court. Reimers, who was driving the farm equipment called a “field sprayer”, pled guilty to operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury. A Gofundme campaign was established for Fisher.

According to, the accident occurred on May 2, 2022 when the Durant fire Department was responding. The Freightliner engine was totaled in the accident. A copy of the complaint is not available. More on the story.

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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