Wis. fire chief recalls fatal ambulance crash

Riverside Fire District Chief Rob Bowen was tending to a patient in the back of the rig when the incident occurred

By Rachel Engel

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. — A local fire chief revealed he was riding in the back of the ambulance during a fatal crash last week, WAOW reported.

Riverside Fire District Chief Rob Bowen said he was one of the crew members tending to a patient in the back of the rig when it collided with another vehicle.

“I have a couple of broken ribs and contusions from head to toe,” he said. However, he said his first instinct was to make sure others involved were OK.

The support from the community overwhelmed Bowen, who said the feeling is mutual.

“We would definitely be there for them in any instance as well,” he said. “It makes me really proud to be in the EMS and fire service.”

The ambulance was transporting a 72-year-old patient at the time of the crash, who later died.

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