Firefighter Killed in Hit-and-Run in Fort Worth

Police looking for information on red Infiniti two-door coupe that hit pedestrian on US 287

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012  |  Updated 12:47 AM CDT
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Everman firefighters say they hope someone comes forward with information in the fatal hit-and-run that killed a two-year veteran of their department.

Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News

Everman firefighters say they hope someone comes forward with information in the fatal hit-and-run that killed a two-year veteran of their department.

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Fort Worth police are looking for a hit-and-run driver that killed a firefighter who was walking on US 287 early Sunday morning.

Sergio Rodriguez, a 26-year-old firefighter and father of two, was struck while he was walking along the on-ramp from South Riverside Drive.

Rodriguez was a two-year veteran of the Everman Volunteer Fire Department, where the flag has been lowered to half-staff until his funeral on Thursday.

His fellow firefighters are taking Rodriguez's death hard.

"Firefighting is a brotherhood -- brother and sisterhood -- so, you know, it's hard," Capt. Eddie Singleton. "Some of the members who went to the fire academy with him are having a tough time, but we're all pulling together, and we'll make it through."

They are hoping someone comes forward with information that can help police arrest the hit-and-run driver.

"We all pray that they find him and he gets what he deserves because, again, we lost a good brother and a good firefighter," Singleton said.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a red Infiniti two-door coupe with temporary tags. Police said the car would have damage to the front end.

Anyone with information on the car or the driver is asked to call Fort Worth police at 817-335-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS. Tipsters who contact Crime Stoppers remain anonymous.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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