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  • NJFFSA16
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    Update 4/1/04

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The lawyer for the man accused of
    killing a St. Cloud firefighter in a traffic crash near St. Augusta
    wants the charges against his client dismissed.
    Lorin Pfannenstein, 36, of St. Cloud, is charged with criminal
    vehicular homicide in the Oct. 27 death of volunteer firefighter
    Don Billig. Billig, 49, was struck by a pickup truck after helping
    to put out a fire at a construction site.
    Attorney Mike Burns told a Stearns County judge Thursday that
    the charges should be dropped because the law Pfannenstein is
    accused of violating is vague. That law makes it a crime to leave
    the scene of a crash knowing the crash has caused substantial harm
    to someone.
    Burns said Pfannenstein didn't flee the scene, but sustained a
    concussion that caused him to wander to a nearby yard, where he
    passed out from the injury. Pfannenstein's girlfriend picked him up
    the following morning and drove him home. Pfannenstein then turned
    himself in to police.
    Prosecutors believe Pfannenstein had been drinking the night of
    the crash, but investigators couldn't get a blood-alcohol sample
    until nearly 12 hours after the crash.
    ---
    Information from: St. Cloud Times, http:// WWW.SCTIMES.COM

    (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    (St. Cloud-AP) -- A memorial fund has been set up to benefit the
    family of a St. Cloud firefighter who was killed in the line of
    duty this week.
    Forty-nine-year-old Don Billig was killed Monday night when he
    was struck by a pickup driven by 36-year-old Loren Pfannenstein
    (FUN'-in-styne). Pfannenstein has been charged in the hit-and-run
    death.
    Those wanting to donate to the memorial fund may send
    contributions to the Don Billig Memorial Fund in care of U-S Bank,
    1015 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud. The zip code is 56301.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    FYI

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A St. Cloud man was charged Wednesday
    with criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a
    volunteer firefighter.
    Lorin R. Pfannenstein, 36, was charged in Stearns County
    District Court in the death of Don Billig, 49, who was struck by a
    pickup truck Monday night after helping to put out a fire at a
    construction site near St. Augusta.
    According to a criminal complaint:
    Billig, an assistant chief in the volunteer division, and his
    colleagues were leaving the site when they stopped to replace
    barricades that had been put up to mark the construction. While
    outside their fire truck, several firefighters noticed a pickup
    truck speeding toward them.
    The truck hit three orange construction barrels and the front
    end of the fire truck before striking Billig, who was dragged 60
    feet.
    Pfannenstein allegedly fled the scene on foot.
    Authorities said Pfannenstein, who has seven speeding
    convictions and several drunken-driving convictions, turned himself
    into St. Cloud police Tuesday morning.
    He was being held in the Stearns County jail pending a court
    appearance Thursday.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • firefighter26
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    I will make sure to say a prayer for Don Billig and his family.

    Rest in Peace

    .........

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  • captstanm1
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    Rest in Peace Brother, knowing that we will carry on in your name. My condolences and prayers go out to the members of the Chief's Family as well as those of his department that were with him at this tragic accident.

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  • SPFDRum
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    My condolences to the Chiefs' family. May he rest in peace.

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  • jdrais
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    My condolences to Don's family. May Don rest in peace.

    They probably won't be able to get the driver of the pickup for DUI. He hid until the next day so his BAC wouldn't be admissible.

    This could have easily been three deaths instead of one. The other two firefighters managed to jump out of the way.

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  • tanker5117
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    Rest in Peace

    My thoughts and prayers go out to family of Don Billig.



    Tanker

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  • NJFFSA16
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    St. Cloud, Minnesota LODD

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A firefighter with the St. Cloud
    volunteer division died while on duty late Monday from injuries
    received in a vehicle crash near St. Augusta.
    Don Billig, an assistant chief in the volunteer division, was
    replacing a barricade blocking a construction zone when a driver
    struck his crew's truck, which then hit Billig, said Dennis
    Ballantine, St. Cloud police chief.
    Billig, 49, is the first St. Cloud firefighter killed in the
    line of duty, said Mayor John Ellenbecker.
    Billig was an 18-year veteran in the department and leaves
    behind a wife and three children, one of whom also works for the
    volunteer division, Ellenbecker said.
    The driver of the pickup that hit the fire truck left his truck
    at the scene of the crash and fled on foot, Ballantine said.
    Members of several law enforcement agencies spent hours
    searching for the driver of the pickup that hit Billig's fire
    truck, which was a heavy duty pickup outfitted to fight grass
    fires.
    He turned himself in to St. Cloud police Tuesday morning and was
    being held in Stearns County Jail.
    Ballantine said the 36-year-old man could be charged with hit
    and run after the investigation is finished.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


    My condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Don Billig. May our brother rest in peace!

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