Former NY fire chief suffers injury in fall

Times Union

COLONIE, N.Y. — The Verdoy Fire Department is looking into an incident in the fire station that sent its former chief and current safety coordinator, Jason Wheatley, to the hospital over the weekend, according to a statement issued late Friday by Chief Brian Girard.

Wheatley was putting on his gear to respond to an emergency call when he fell and struck his head on the floor.

He was treated at the station by members of his department and Colonie Emergency Medical Services before being taken by ambulance to Albany Medical Center Hospital following the accident at 7:40 p.m. Saturday. At the request of his family, the department is not releasing Wheatley's medical condition, Girard said.

The district is conducting a review of the circumstances around the incident and cooperating with outside agencies investigating the matter.

"The commissioners, officers and members of the Verdoy Fire District, Verdoy Volunteer Fire Association, and Verdoy Auxiliary have Chief Wheatley and the Wheatley family in their thoughts and prayers as they endure through this challenging time," the department stated.

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