ALBANY, N.Y. — A local firefighter is still in serious condition at Albany Medical Center after an accident on the Northway last week.
Allen Ayotte, 66, was assisting with the accident scene, providing for scene safety through necessary traffic control, when he was accidentally struck by the tow truck he was directing.
Chief Bill Bryans says Ayotte suffered serious injuries including broken bones and was immediately transferred to the hospital.
On Wednesday, his community is coming together to do everything they can to help his family, from bumper stickers to pancake breakfasts.
Steven Jackson, owner of Seaglass Logowear & Promotions has put out close to 1,000 car decals that say “Look Ahead, Look Behind, Be Aware, Everytime,” to raise money for Ayotte's recovery and awareness.
“Being able to create something to raise awareness and support for him and be able to contribute to a fundraiser for the recovery effort because it's going to take a while for the recovery for the family and him,” said Jackson, who is also a volunteer firefighter with the West Crescent Fire District.
The West Crescent Fire District is a close family and they say Ayotte has been a fixture among them for decades.
“Allen, all around great guy. He's the type of person if you called up and needed help, he'd be there,” Jackson said.
Fellow firefighters have established a fund to provide for his expected lengthy recovery. Contributions to the “Allen Ayotte Recovery Fund” can be sent in care of First Niagara Bank, 1532 Route 9, Clifton Park NY 12065.
The department will host a benefit breakfast on Sunday, September 8th beginning at 8 am at the West Crescent Fire Department, 1440 Crescent Road in Clifton Park.