SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A Cal Fire firefighter was in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital after being run over by a car following an early morning altercation on Thanksgiving Day.
29-year-old Albert Bartal of San Francisco suffered traumatic brain injuries in the incident.
San Francisco police said that Bartal and an unidentified suspect got into an argument at a restaurant at the corner of 11th Avenue and Geary Boulevard.
Investigators said they were separated and then at around 2:45 in the morning on Thursday, Bartal was struck by the suspect, who was driving a black Mazda CX-type of SUV, at a nearby gas station.
San Francisco police have very little information on the suspect, describing him as a Latino male, 18-24 years old with short black hair and a manicured beard.
Firefighters who knew Bartal said this has been a very difficult time for them.
“This is a horrible experience that no fireman or police officer would ever want to have to go through,” said Justin Scheef , director of the San Mateo-Santa Cruz Chapter of the CDF Firefighter’s Union. “The nice thing is that everyone bands together during these times and it’s one brotherhood.”
KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:
Bartal served in Iraq with the Marine Corps and has been with Cal Fire for five years.
San Francisco police continue to investigate the incident.
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