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Firefighter trio injured in ladder truck incident no longer employed with Hall County
Firefighters were 'encouraged' to pursue other government jobs, county says
TJ Elliott
TJ Elliott

All three Hall County firefighters injured in a July 2014 training incident are no longer employed with Hall County, according to officials.

TJ Elliott, Will Griffin and Stephen Jackson all had their last day of employment on Sunday. The three suffered severe injuries on July 22, 2014, while working in the bucket of a newly purchased ladder truck at the Allen Creek Training Center.

The bucket on the ladder fell 44 feet, according to officials at the scene.

“Since the incident 18 months ago, they have received workers compensation and have maintained full benefits while not working in an active capacity for Hall County Government,” Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley wrote in a statement. “A need remains to fill all active duty positions to improve departmental staffing levels within Hall County Fire Services and ensure adequate public safety for the Hall County community.” 

Crumley said the firefighters were “encouraged to review a list of available job openings within Hall County government” several months ago.

“We continue to wish them well in their recoveries, and we have great appreciation for the service that all three have provided to the citizens of Hall County,” Crumley said.

Crumley said the county would not comment beyond the statement given. The reason for separation was not given.

Elliott and Jackson began working for Hall County in October 2006. Griffin started in January 2011.

All three firefighters reached separate settlements with truck manufacturer Sutphen in 2015 for undisclosed amounts.

Attempts to reach their attorneys for comment about their employment were unsuccessful.