He's a first responder, but on Friday Rochester Deputy Fire Chief Martin McMillan was the one who needed help. He's listed in satisfactory condition after a car crash that was the result of a Black Friday shoplifting and chase. YNN's Sheba Clarke has more on how he's doing.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Black Friday chaos took a wrong turn this year and it ended with Deputy Fire Chief Martin McMillan getting seriously hurt.
"It was a little traumatic for our guys to say the least," said RFD Executive Deputy Chief Bill Curran. "He said that he saw the vehicle start to lock up its brakes and at that point, he says, 'I knew I was going to get hit.'"
That moment of impact was the end of a 12-minute police chase with the Macedon Police Department, that ended in a crash at Rochester's East Main Street.
McMillan is suffering from three broken vertebraes and internal injuries. Rochester Fire Chief Sam Mitrano, and McMillan's crew were first on scene.
"That's traumatic for our guys because a couple of times he said that he lost consciousness, other times he complained of not being able to breath," Curran said.
A liquor store in Macedon, is where that police chase all started. The store clerk says he caught the thieves on camera stealing two bottles of liquor and then he called police.
"We noticed some suspicious activity toward the back where they were, just checking out things and just hemming and hawing, and what do you have here, what's over here, one person trying to get your attention," said Michael Lord, Cedar Liquor Store Clerk.
Macedon Police Chief John Colella says they caught up with Charles Domincello and his passengers in a parking lot at this WalMart, where he says they stole two 29-inch Smart TVs. He says they even tried to hit him while getting away.
"I actually braced for the impact in the car because I thought for sure the way he was driving straight at my vehicle he was going to hit me but fortunately he didn't," said Colella.
Colella describes Domincello as a career criminal who's looking at 11 charges for taking such extreme measures to try and get away. They include assault, reckless endangerment and unlawfully fleeing a police officer.
"My heart goes out to the deputy chief and his family and that's a decision that's going to be on my mind for quite so many years," said Colella.
Colleagues say McMillan has a ways to recover and even though his body might be broken his spirit isn't.
"Marty's an optimist, says he'll be back in two months," said Curran.