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First responder dies at the scene of a Niagara County fire after being hit by rescue vehicle

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Posted at 1:41 AM, Aug 25, 2021

SOMERSET, N.Y. (WKBW) — A first responder has died at the scene of a fire, after being hit by a fire company vehicle, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

Police say units were responding to the scene of a field fire in Somerset just past 8:30 Tuesday night. They say a Barker Fire Department rescue truck was backing up on Quaker Road, when it hit and ran over a Fire Police member for the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company, who was acting as a spotter for the vehicle's driver. She was pronounced dead at the scene and identified Wednesday afternoon as 65-year-old Judy D. Spencer of Hartland.

The driver of the rescue truck was uninjured. According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, there is not an expectation of charges to be filed as they are declaring the situation an accident.

The Hartland Fire Department will not be taking calls for the next few days as they mourn.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Unit is still looking into the incident.