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Raleigh firefighter improving after school-bus wreck

Posted December 6, 2009
Updated December 7, 2009

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— A Raleigh firefighter is showing signs of improvement after being injured in a chain-reaction wreck Friday.

Lt. Harry P. "Flip" Kissinger IV, 35, of Wake Forest, is being treated at WakeMed for serious injuries, including head trauma, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Styons.

Kissinger was injured during a wreck Friday morning on Ligon Mill Road near Louisburg Road. A school bus going east, driven by Sheila Wimbush Hall, 52, of Garner, and a station wagon traveling west collided. The bus then crossed the center line, striking Kissinger's pickup truck head-on.

The station wagon, driven by Angelica Perry, 23, of Raleigh, ended up in a driveway on the opposite side of the road.

The bus crashed into a ditch, with the cab of the pickup crushed beneath it. It took rescuers about 45 minutes to remove Kissinger from the truck, authorities said.

Kissinger's family posted to his Facebook page that his body responded positively to a reflex test after doctors lowered his dosage of sedatives Sunday.  He remained in critical condition at WakeMed's intensive care unit.

Perry and Hall suffered minor injuries, authorities said. Seven students from Southeast Raleigh High and Centennial Middle schools, who were on the bus, were not injured.

Authorities are still investigating the wreck, and it was unclear who was at fault in the crash.

Kissinger is a lieutenant at Fire Station 6, at Oberlin and Fairview roads, and has been with the department for 12 years, Styons said. He is married and has two daughters.

He was on his way home from work at the time of the crash.


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  • wildcat Dec 7, 2009

    May each day bring an improvement. Hopefully in time he will be back home and back on his feet. Lord willing. My prayers is that he get better day by day.

  • carolinarox Dec 7, 2009

    jcorrea -- I would imagine someone from his family who does know what is going on updates his Facebook page. Where is your alleged "first hand" information coming from.

  • deputydog1296 Dec 7, 2009

    Flip, Hang in there buddy Were all praying for you and your family

  • RonnieR Dec 7, 2009

    AFAIK, you can't just call a hospital and get a person's condition.

  • RonnieR Dec 7, 2009

    Deathrow, I thik that they're trying to determine whether the WCPSS bus driver or the WCPSS contractor's driver was at fault.

  • jcorrea Dec 7, 2009

    I have to strongly agree with "cghsmom". This is VERY poor reporting on behalf of WRAL. I, also, am usually a fan of WRAL and this website. This story was published purely from information obtained from a facebook site, and I can assure you, firsthand, that this is not a very accurate account of Flip Kissinger's condition. Although we are constantly praying for Flip and his family, he remains in extremely critical condition. This type of reporting makes me question my trust in WRAL's reporting, although I am sure they are not alone. It is just very unprofessional to use information obtained on facebook for the basis of a news story.

  • passport423 Dec 7, 2009

    Such encouraging news! Hang in there, Flip! We're pulling for you and praying for you.

  • R from Raleigh Dec 7, 2009

    Our prayers continue for you Flip. Get well soon, "Archie", a station #6 neighborhood dog, needs you to hurry back to throw the ball.

  • SaltlifeLady Dec 7, 2009

    I have to say, though I am a long-time fan of WRAL I think this is poor reporting. Saying this man is improving based on what is on his FB page? really people? My heartfelt prayers go out to this man, his wife, his girls, his family and friends, as this man is nowhere near out of the woods. His progress will be slow and long-term. He will need prayers for months, maybe longer. I know we all wish for improvment, but please, reporting based on facebook posts is not good reporting.

  • Nunya123 Dec 7, 2009

    How nice. First time I've read in golo where someone wasn't starting to complain/accuse or just be a pain.

    Hoping that his recovery is quick and complete.