San Francisco Hit-And-Run Leaves Firefighter In Critical Condition

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.

Surveillance image of the suspect in the hit-and-run attack on a Cal Fire firefighter. (SFPD)

Surveillance image of the suspect in the hit-and-run attack on a Cal Fire firefighter. (SFPD)

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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