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Visitation, funeral set for Raleigh firefighter

Posted December 12, 2009

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— A funeral will be held Wednesday for Lt. Harry P. "Flip" Kissinger IV, 35, of Wake Forest, who died as a result of injuries received in a collision Dec. 4.

Kissinger, a lieutenant at Raleigh's Station 6, was driving home from work when a school bus struck the pickup truck he was driving. The bus crashed into a ditch, pinning with the cab of Kissinger’s truck beneath it.

Troopers said the bus driver, Sheila Wimbush Hall, 52, of Garner, was at fault when she crossed the center line on Ligon Mill Road near Louisburg Road in Raleigh and collided with a westbound station wagon, then continued into the oncoming lane, striking Kissinger's truck.

Kissinger was taken to WakeMed, where he died Friday afternoon.

A funeral will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road in Wake Forest, Pastor David Sims said Saturday. The family will accept visitors Tuesday evening at the church between 6 and 10 p.m.

A fund has been established to help care for Kissinger's family. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. Donations to the "Kissinger Family Care Fund" can be made at any First Citizens Bank.

The state Highway Patrol will allow the Kissinger family to mourn before filing any charges against Hall, Sgt. Jeff Gordon said Friday night.

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