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Vermilion Fire Marshal crashes car into fire station following health incident

Fire Marshal Rodney Johnston is receiving treatment for a heart condition after suffering from a health incident on Monday.
Credit: City of Vermilion

VERMILION, Ohio — A Vermilion Fire Marshal is safe after a medical incident resulted in him crashing his car into a fire station on Monday night.

According to the City of Vermilion's Facebook page, Fire Marshal Rodney Johnston was arriving at Fire Station 1 located at 1041 Douglas Street for weekly training early in the evening when he suffered a health incident. Johnston subsequently lost control of his vehicle and crashed through the front doors of the station causing damage to the station.

Firefighters and officers who were already on the scene at the station quickly responded and Fire Marshal Johnston, who was conscious, was transported to Mercy Hospital by ambulance.

According to Vermilion Mayor Jim Forthofer, Fire Mashal Johnston is receiving treatment for a heart condition. No other injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

"I am grateful that there were no other injuries and Rodney Johnston will receive treatment for a heart condition," Forthofer wrote. "I was also overwhelmed by the VFD and VPD staff at the scene who expressed sincere concern for their long-time colleague. We all wish Fire Marshal Johnston a quick recovery."

***FIRE MARSHAL SAFE AFTER INCIDENT*** The City of Vermilion's Fire Station 1 at 1041 Douglas Street, suffered damage...

Posted by City of Vermilion on Tuesday, November 29, 2022

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