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The firefighter behind the wheel of a fire truck that hit a man lying on a North End road was already back at work by Monday, said the head of the firefighters union.
Alex Forrest, president of the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg, said four firefighters were on the their way to an emergency Sunday when their fire truck struck a man lying on Redwood Avenue near Powers Street. Killed in the crash was 47-year-old James Glen Houle.
Forrest said Monday the fire truck's driver is "very experienced" and he "wanted to come right back to start driving again."
"It was just one of those things that could have happened to anybody driving that truck," said Forrest, who called the death "tragic."
"No one's taking this harder than the firefighters and our thoughts go out to the family of the victim."
Police have said they are not pursuing criminal charges in relation to the crash, which happened early Sunday morning. It's unknown why the man was on the road, and members of the Winnipeg Police Service's central traffic unit are investigating.
Forrest said all four firefighters had received critical incident stress debriefing, which involves counsellors and peer support.
A spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service did not comment on Monday on the services available for employees on board the truck.