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Firefighter seriously injured in hit-and-run released from hospital

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 18:28:09-04

TOWN OF LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — A volunteer firefighter who was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run was released from the hospital.

The Rapids Volunteer Fire Company posted an update on the Facebook page Wednesday. Officials with the fire department say the man is "extremely sore and stiff, but is happy to be home."

The name of the firefighter has not been released.

Police are still looking the suspect who hit the Rapids Volunteer firefighter Sunday night.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour released an open letter to the driver on Facebook Wednesday.

According to deputies, the incident happened Sunday night just before 10 o'clock. The Rapids Volunteer firefighter was directing traffic at the intersection of Tonawanda Creek and Minnick Roads in Lockport following an accident.

The firefighter was wearing a reflective vest, had a lighted wand, and a blue light illuminated on the side of his truck. A vehicle, described as a newer white pick-up , approached westbound on Tonawanda Creek Road. The vehicle slowed, but did not stop, striking the fireman causing serious injuries. The truck driver then drove away.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 716-438-3327.