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Rochester Fire Official Remains Hospitalized Following Black Friday Chase, Crash

Rochester Fire Official Remains Hospitalized Following Black Friday Chase, Crash

Rochester, NY -- In the aftermath of Friday's police pursuit and crash that wounded an off-duty fire official in Rochester, Macedon Police Chief John Colella isn't second-guessing the decision to pursue the shoplifting suspects.

He says his department has a stringent chase policy, and he is usually anti-chase, but this case was an exception because the driver had tried to run down police.

And Colella denies that the pursuit caused the crash. He says the suspect had many opportunities to slow down or turn down a side street.

Meanwhile, Deputy Rochester Fire Chief Mark McMillan (pictured) remains in guarded condition following Friday's crash.

Executive Deputy Fire Chief Bill Curran says it was rough for firefighters in McMillan's unit to see him at the crash scene. Curran, however, says McMillan is a "tough guy."

McMillan is 57, joined the Rochester Fire Department in 1985, and became deputy chief in 2007.

 

 

 

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