A St. Petersburg, Florida firefighter died last month from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.
On the night of November 20, 40-year-old James G. Fehl, veteran firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District, was driving his 1987 Honda on Bay Pines Boulevard. A Pontiac Surefire driven by Shane Ross, 20, of Kenneth City was leaving the parking lot heading east when his car was struck by Fehl.
Fehl, thrown from his motorcycle, was given CPR by people who witnessed the crash until authorities could arrive. Emergency crews took Fehl to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg by ambulance. Fehl died November 30 from his injuries.
Fehl had served his community for many years, having helped with disaster relief in emergencies like Hurricane Andrew in 1992, when he cleared roads. He was also a certified “smoke diver” with Florida State Fire College and fought fires with the U.S. Department of Forestry, according to the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District.
Fire Chief Robert Polk said Fehl had a “work ethic second to none.”
It is tragic to lose a member of society who gave so much back to his fellow man.
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