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Wis. Supreme Court rules against firefighter

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules against volunteer firefighter who collided in intersection

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled against a volunteer firefighter who argued he was immune from liability after driving through a red light and colliding with another vehicle when responding to an emergency call.

Tuesday's ruling comes in a case involving Parnell Burditt, a volunteer with the Okauchee Fire Department.

In 2008, Burditt was driving his truck through a four-lane divided highway in response to an emergency call when he struck a vehicle, injuring two passengers.

The Supreme Court says Burditt was required to stop at the red light because his truck didn't have a required audible signal like a siren.

The attorney for those injured praised the decision, calling it fair. Burditt's attorney praised the court for finding Burditt was acting within the scope of his employment.

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