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Firefighter's condition unchanged, family asks for prayers

Posted December 7, 2009 11:58 a.m. EST
Updated December 7, 2009 5:44 p.m. EST

— The family of a Raleigh firefighter injured in a chain-reaction wreck asked for prayers for his recovery Monday via Facebook.

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 he 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.