FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Firefighters in Butler County were called to help out two of their own after an accident in Fairview Township overnight.

Two Petrolia volunteer firefighters, Corey Plunkard, 25, and Elmer Mitchell, 40, were hurt in the crash on Kittanning Pike.

Their vehicle ran into an embankment and hit a pole. About 20 firemen responded to the scene.

“Everyone just does their job until it’s done,” Petrolia Fire and Police Captain Eugene Blair said.

“The biggest thing was our delay in waiting for the telephone company to get the pole out of the car.”

There was a sense of urgency at the scene.

“You kind of push everything out of mind because you think of … this is a job you do. You don’t look at them as people when you start,” Blair continued.

“I’ve been at this a few years – 54 to be exact – and afterwards is when you have your problem. You come back and discuss it at the station and of course we worry about them.”

Plunkard was upgraded to fair condition at UPMC Presbyterian. Mitchell is also listed in fair condition at West Penn Hospital.

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