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    Teen Firefighter Killed in Truck Rollover: Driver Charged with DUI
    10th Grader Ejected from Cab of Tanker
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    DUSTIN BLEIZEFFER and NADIA WHITE
    Reprinted with Permission, Casper Star Tribune


    NEWCASTLE, Wyo. -- A 16-year-old student firefighter was killed Thursday on the way to a nighttime fire call when the fire truck she was riding in left the road and rolled. The Weston County firefighter who was driving the truck has been arrested on charges of Driving Under the Influence.

    Andee Huber, a 10th grader at Newcastle High School was ejected from the cab of the Freightliner tanker truck when driver Ron J. Caillier, 46, of Newcastle, lost control of the vehicle, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

    The state patrol said the truck drifted off the roadway on a hard-pack county road 4.4 miles south of U.S. 85 and rolled 1 3/4 times.

    Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts. Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend confirmed the 1981 Freightliner tanker truck was equipped with seatbelts.

    A total of five vehicles were responding to a fire at 10:15 p.m. at the time of the accident, according to the Highway Patrol report.

    Townsend said Huber was taken to a hospital in the area -- it was unclear which -- where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

    Caillier was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was still being held with no bond at the Weston County Detention Facility on Friday morning. Additional charges are pending.

    Caillier was treated for cuts and abrasions.

    Weston County Sheriff Bill Ware and Weston County Fire Warden Kenny Williams were unavailable Friday and instructed their office staff not to comment about the incident to the media.

    The youngest of four children of Gary and Sharon Huber of Newcastle, Andee was active in track and swimming, as well as the Explorer program, through which she was able to train to be a firefighter, according to her brother Kevin Huber. The Explorer program allowed students who passed a physical test to travel to fires and help with clean up and water supply, he said.

    "She was the greatest," he said, tearfully describing his 5-foot, four-inch, brown-haried sister. "How many 16 year olds do you know who want to be firefighters? She was 16 years old and she loved life. She loved her friends, she loved her family."

    A funeral for Huber is tentatively planned for Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Newcastle High School, Kevin Huber said. Fidler/Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance is in charge of arrangements.

    Besides her parents, Huber, a Newcastle native, is survived by three siblings, Kevin of Casper, Teri Pikul of Casper and Hayden Huber; grandmothers Ina Huber of Alliance, Neb., and Verna Clark of Sundance.

    Hayden Huber has been deployed on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman out of Norfolk, Va. He returned to port today after six months at sea for Operation Iraqi Freedom only to hear the news of his sister's death, Kevin Huber said.

    Huber's is the 47th death on Wyoming roadways so far this year. At this time last year, there had been 44 fatalities, according to the Highway Patrol.

    Townsend said the tragedy should remind travelers of highway safety this Memorial Day weekend.

    "That's exactly what we are going to be looking for this Memorial Day weekend: Drinking and driving, moving violations and safety belts," Townsend said. "We will be aggressively enforcing the seatbelt law."

    Currently, law enforcement officers cannot issue a citation for a seatbelt violation unless they also issue a citation for something else, Townsend said. But that will change on July 1 when a new law goes into affect. Officers will then be able to issue a seatbelt citation even if they don't issue a citation for some other offense.

    Townsend said a seatbelt violation alone does not warrant a traffic stop, however. The traffic stop must be based on some other violation.

    The Wyoming Highway Patrol deployed extra troopers on patrol beginning Friday afternoon, and the extra-large force will remain until midnight on Monday, Townsend said.

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    • #3
      how about charging him with -driving without a seat belt, DUI, and manslaughter

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      • #4
        I know from now on I will ALWAYS wearing my seatbelts in the trucks.

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        • #5
          its a damn shame that she had to die.

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          • #6
            That is too sad. My sympies(spelling) go the family. God Bless her
            Rob aka Squinty

            The Fighting Seventy-Third

            Westville Fire Department
            Gloucester County
            New Jersey

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            • #7
              Tell me why does the saying "ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG" have to be prooven over and over again.

              Remember stay safe, stay low, "GOD BLESS" and always WOOHOO!!!!!
              .........DOC...........

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              • #8
                I feel really bad for the family. I think the driver should also be charged with neglegent homicide with all the other charges (driving under the influence, manslaughter...) I feel sorry for the girl and her family, but yet another tradgedy that could have been avoided.

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                • #9
                  here is a small memorial page for FF-E Huber, good bye little sister!
                  Andee huber Memorial Page:
                  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...=Andee%20Huber&
                  AJ, MICP, FireMedic
                  Member, IACOJ.
                  FTM-PTB-EGH-DTRT-RFB-KTF
                  This message has been made longer, in part from a grant from the You Are a Freaking Moron Foundation.

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                  • #10
                    sad

                    It is, really. I wear my seatbelt anyways. Not only is it in our by-laws. BUT, it is a personal step I take anyways.



                    -Joshua Schultz
                    Explorer/Captain of the MFDE
                    Previous Board Name: MFDExplorer51
                    X it up!
                    901-51-711-1051

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                    • #11
                      To tell you the truth, i have only worn my seat belt twice, both in the middle of bad snow storms. guess whose gonnabe wearing it a bit more now!

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                      • #12
                        I ordered myself a copy of FEMA's "Safe Operation of Fire Tankers." In the back of this book, there are 38 incidents listed of tanker accidents where there was a fatality. Just about all of them, if not all of them, were due to not wearing seatbelts. Don't sit on a good idea people!
                        Last edited by HFRH28; 05-26-2003, 08:47 PM.
                        Service is the rent you pay for having space on earth.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by HFRH28
                          I ordered myself a copy of FEMA's "Safe Operation of Fire Tankers." In the back of this book, there are 38 incidents listed of tanker accidents where there was a fatality. Just about all of them, if not all of them, were due to not wearing seatbelts. Don't sit on a good idea people!
                          the copy i got for the fire station just came in the other day. i havent had a chance to look through it yet but it's thick enough to have some really useful info

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                          • #14
                            as I state earlier

                            before I got my new name because I didnt like the last one. I wear my seatbelt most of the time. I do remember times that I have forgotten. Or needed to put on gear. But most of the time if getting geared up or a quick arrival isnt necessary or going to happen I'll click it.. even thought I cant get a ticket..
                            -JLS

                            Captain of the MFD Explorers

                            Previous Board Name: MFDExplorer51

                            Dispatch me and I will come!

                            901-711-51-1051

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                            • #15
                              even thought I cant get a ticket
                              Don't be too sure of that. Im sure the law is the same there as it is here. Firetrucks also have to comply with all motor vehicle laws, which includes seatbelts. What you most likely meant was that the Law Enforcement Officers there won't write you a ticket, even though they CAN. Seatbelts are put there for a reason, so again, don't sit on a good idea!
                              Service is the rent you pay for having space on earth.

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