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Firefighter struck while directing traffic, driver in custody

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A firefighter was seriously injured Wednesday night while directing traffic at the scene of a death investigation in Middle Paxton Township.

Dauphin Middle Paxton Fire Company Chief Michael Fagan told abc27 his lieutenant, 27-year-old Ryan Boyer, was using his personal vehicle to block traffic along Heather Lane when a black SUV came up over the hill and failed to stop.

Boyer, who was on foot, tried to move out of the way, but the SUV hit his pick-up truck head-on. The impact caused the truck to spin around, striking Boyer.

He sustained neck and back injuries and was taken to Harrisburg Hospital, where he was later released. Boyer is a married father of two.

"I don't expect an 'I'm sorry'," Boyer said of the driver who hit him. "It is what it is, and I'm just glad I'm ok and can go home to my family tonight."

State police took the female driver of the SUV into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Trooper Robert Hicks. He said her name and possible charges would be released pending the results of a blood alcohol test.

Hicks said police requested the fire company's help while they investigated the death of a 36-year-old Middle Paxton Township man who was found dead in a field at around 6 p.m. He appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, state police said.

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