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Firefighter hospitalized after Friday accident in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 August 2014 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – The accident Friday morning that closed a section of Maple Ridge Road for several hours left a Shelby firefighter with serious injuries.

John L. Miller, 36, is an active member of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company. In 2012, he led all firefighters in Orleans County by taking 10 training classes and accumulating 176 hours of training.

On Friday morning, just before 8 a.m., Miller was on West Avenue when he allegedly pulled in front of a dump truck on Maple Ridge Road, Medina police said. Miller was heading south in a 2000 Chevy Suburban.

He pulled in front of a dump truck driven by Stephen Spencer of Oak Orchard Concrete. The dump truck was empty and Spencer was returning for another load of sand, Medina police said.

Miller was flown by Mercy Flight helicopter to Erie County Medical Center, where he is being treated for a broken right leg and other injuries.

He has been charged with failure to yield. Spencer was not injured in the accident and declined medical attention at the scene.