Its with deep regret that we advise you that Alexandria (VA) Fire Department Joshua Weissman, 33, has died from injuries he sustained last evening while operating at a vehicle fire scene on I-395. As you know, Paramedic Weissman, who is with the Seminary Road Fire Station in Alexandria, was extricated from the creek by Alexandria City and Arlington County Firefighters after falling from the Interstate and taken to Med Star with life threatening injuries.
The Alexandria ambulance reportedly parked on I-395 northbound, alongside the HOV lanes, to reach the burning vehicle. There is a three foot gap between two cement barriers separating the lanes. Paramedic Weissman was reportedly climbing over one barrier to get to the HOV lanes when he fell.
A seven year veteran paramedic of the Alexandria Fire Department had been in critical condition Thursday morning after falling from a highway overpass during an emergency call in Shirlington yesterday. Since joining the department, Weissman has stayed active, joining several medical services committees, training with interns and working on the agency’s mass casualty preparation plans. He received an Alexandria Jaycees award during the group’s community appreciation night last year.
The department is offering counseling for personnel as well as comfort for Weissman’s family. The experienced Firefighter/Paramedic is married, but without children. Paramedic Weissman had also served the Cayuga Heights Fire Department (New York) and for Bang’s Ambulance Service in Ithaca before moving to Virginia. Our condolences to all affected, especially the family and members of the AFD.
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