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Wife Hit As Fireman Answers Call

May 14, 1998

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ Like her husband, a fireman, Charlene Tester was trying to help someone in trouble. They ended up caught in a tragedy of their own.

Mrs. Tester, 37, had gone to help a neighbor whose child had stopped breathing. Her husband, David, 38, was driving the five-ton fire engine that responded to the emergency Wednesday.

``When the fire engine pulled down the street, for some reason she went running up to it. It was raining and she slid on some wet grass and went right under the rear tire,″ Fire Chief David Yarber told The Detroit News. ``One of the medics recognized her under the tailboard and told (Tester) the injured person was his wife.″

Mrs. Tester, 37, had surgery on her right leg and was in critical condition at POH Medical Center in Pontiac, spokeswoman Sharon Lucik said this morning.

Waterford Township firefighters were responding to a call from a woman who had said her 2-year-old son had stopped breathing. The child died and the cause was being investigated.

``Tester and his wife live in the neighborhood, a couple doors down from the address, and (Charlene Tester) apparently had seen the child’s mother running around hysterical on the front lawn and went over to help her,″ Yarber said.

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