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Halfmoon firefighter injured by tow truck improving

Halfmoon firefighter injured by tow truck improving

The Halfmoon firefighter run over by a tow truck last week has had his condition upgraded from criti

The Halfmoon firefighter run over by a tow truck last week has had his condition upgraded from critical to serious, according to fire officials.

Allen Ayotte’s lower body was run over Aug. 13. He sustained a broken leg, a fractured pelvis and possibly internal injuries, state police said at the time. He has undergone multiple surgeries to repair the injuries from being crushed, according to a news release issued Thursday.

The 66-year-old Halfmoon man was responding to the scene of a four-car accident in his duties as a veteran member of the West Crescent Fire Department. He was directing a tow truck that had arrived at the scene on the Northway’s Exit 8 off ramp in the midst of a downpour when either he or the driver became distracted and the truck backed over him, said state police Sgt. John Phelps.

Ayotte was taken to Albany Medical Center that night and has remained in the intensive care unit since.

“Allen’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to everyone who has sent well wishes, cards and flowers,” Fire Chief Bill Bryans wrote in the release. “The commissioners, officers and members of the West Crescent Fire District would like to extend their thanks to all departments who have shown support during this difficult time. Whether it was well wishes or offers of assistance, your concern will never be forgotten.”

Fellow firefighters have established a fund to provide for Ayotte during what is expected to be a lengthy recovery. Contributions to the Allen Ayotte Recovery Fund can be sent in care of First Niagara Bank, 1532 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY, 12065.

Updates on his condition will be posted to the Fire Department website at www.westcrescentfire.com. The department will also host a benefit breakfast at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at its firehouse, 1440 Crescent Road, Halfmoon.

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