St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron Hit by Firetruck, not bullet, at Crash Scene
UPDATE: FIREFIGHTER CHARGED WITH HITTING SHERIFF WITH FIRETRUCK
A fire truck operated by Kenneth Scully, 61, of Company 1 Leonardtown, arrived on the scene. Sheriff Cameron was struck by the fire truck and was pinned between the fire truck and tailgate of the wrecked vehicle. As the firetruck continued to move forward, Sheriff Cameron was thrown to the ground. Sheriff Cameron was transported from the scene by ambulance to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was released.
The facts of the case were reviewed with the Assistant State’s Attorney, Laura Caspar. Based on the facts, the operator of the fire truck has been charged via citations for Negligent Driving, Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision, and Driver Failure to Exercise Due Care to Avoid Pedestrian Collision.
LOVEVILLE, MD. — First the Sheriff’s Office said Sheriff Tim Cameron was injured by a firearm. A few minutes later the somewhat rattled spokesperson for the Sheriff corrected the report and stated that that Sheriff Cameron had not been shot at a crash scene but had been run over by a firetruck. Stay tuned to learn what the next report from the Sheriff’s Headquarters might contain.
According to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 8:06 a.m., on Sept. 23, 2015, Sheriff Cameron was injured while assisting at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Pin Cushion Road.
“He was providing care to the operator of a vehicle,” said the release by Jennifer Stone, the new public affairs officer for the Sheriff. “Fire apparatus approached the scene and struck Sheriff Cameron. As a result of the collision, Sheriff Cameron was injured and transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.”
The training for those operating fire trucks includes driving safely so as not either to wreck the unit on the way to the scene of a call or to drive over the persons on a scene. While the fact that it is rare for firetrucks to be in crashes or run over the elected Sheriff; that is not likely to make Sheriff Cameron feel better and may affect if he accepts a future invitation from the Leonardtown VFD for its annual installation of officers.
The Sheriff’s Department is now reporting in an update release that the female operator of the vehicle that was being assisted by Sheriff Cameron was flown to a trauma unit. The fact that Sheriff Cameron was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital ought to be a good indicator that his injuries are minor. When a police officer is injured in a crash, they are nearly always flown to a trauma unit as a “precaution”.