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Orland Firefighter Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charge in Fatal Oak Forest Crash

Pat Bruce, of Oak Forest, entered his plea Thursday in connection with a March 1 crash that killed a Downers Grove woman, Sun-Times Media reports.

An Orland Park Fire Protection District lieutenant pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony reckless homicide and other driving charges in connection with an Oak Forest crash that killed a Downers Grove woman last month, Sun-Times Media reported.

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Pat Bruce, 45, of Oak Forest, was in Cook County court Thursday to enter his plea on the reckless homicide charge, as well as failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and reckless driving charges, the report stated. Bruce's next court date is May 17, the report added.

. Knox, 25, was hospitalized and died later that day. Prosecutors claim Bruce was taking prescription pain medication at the time and was weaving in and out of traffic.

READ: Firefighter Charged With Reckless Homicide in Crash That Killed Downers Grove Woman

Bruce, who also works part-time for the Crestwood Fire Department, has been on injury leave from the Orland fire district since July 2012, Chief Ken Brucki said in March.

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REAGANRAISEDTAXES April 15, 2013 at 01:56 PM
These guys have way to much time on their hands. Time to slash pay and benefits.
John Paul April 15, 2013 at 02:05 PM
What does that have to do with anything? People from all kinds of jobs get DUI's. Should everyone charged with DUI get their pay and benefits slashed?
Arthur Huff April 15, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Mokena Voter, Are you referring to this guy specifically or all of "these guys", meaning firefighters?
Jack Stensland April 16, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Wow you tried and convicted him before all the evidence is presented in court. I mentioned on another blog this story. I was on a jury several years ago. The media tried and convicted the police officer prior to his day in court. When the evidence was presented it was very obvious this man was being charged by over zealous prosecutors. What was reported in the media was now where near close to the facts presented in court. Give the man his day in court then judge him after all the real evidence is presented in court.
REAGANRAISEDTAXES April 16, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Firefighters.
Jack Stensland April 17, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Why was my previous post deleted?
Arthur Huff April 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM
I suppose an argument could be made about firefighters having a lot of down time. I might disagree with you, but the discussion could be had. But what does that have to do with this case? This guy wasn't working at the time.

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