Green Oak Twp fire chief recovering after being hit by car at crash scene

Kevin Gentry saves lives for a living - but Friday he nearly lost his responding to a car crash.

Gentry, the Green Oak Township fire chief, is expected be okay after being hit by a car.  He is recovering at University of Michigan Hospital

Township Clerk Mike Sedlak says Gentry and two other firefighters  were responding to a minor two-car crash on northbound US-23  and Nine Mile Road.

"He was impacted by the car and went over the front of the car, and crushed the windshield of the car," said City Clerk Mike Dedlak. "He is very fortunate because it could've been much worse."

One lane of US-23 was shut down while Gentry checked those involved for injuries when another driver struck him around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

"From what I understand there was just a confusion," Sedlak. "The other vehicle just didn't see Chief Gentry and impacted him."

FOX 2 is told the driver wasn't speeding and it's unclear if alcohol was a factor.

EMS was already on the scene for the initial crash chief Gentry was responding to. And those involved were not injured and refused medical treatment.

"They rendered aid to Chief Gentry on an immediate basis and transported him immediately which really helped," Sedlak said.

Gentry has been with the Green Oak Fire Department for more than 20 years. He was promoted to chief in late May. 

His fellow firefighters went through a critical incident stress debriefing afterward, said the clerk Mike Sedlak.

Sedlak says it's unclear if the driver will face any charges. The Livingston County Sheriff Department will send its findings to the county prosecutor once the investigation is complete 

Gentry could be released from the hospital as early as Saturday.

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