Firefighter severely injured in motorcycle accident

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Rapid City, SD Tuesday, both the Rapid City Police Department and the Rapid City Fire Department responded to a motorcycle vs. pick-up truck accident and discovered it was one of their own.

Rapid City Firefighter and paramedic Robert Rendon was the driver of the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries that resulted in the amputation of his right leg.

Rendon is a 9-year veteran of the fire department and is on the Pennington County Special Response team and credits his helmet for his survival.

Despite his serious injury Rendon has already decided he wants to get back to work and try for a promotion as soon as possible.

Lt. Jim Bussel, Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer says, "The men and the women that make up the Rapid City Fire Department ... you're not going to find a better place to work and you're not going to find a better group of people to be around and so the fact that we're less than 24 hours after the crash and Robert is already talking about getting back to his fire department family and back to work ... that's a testament to what an incredible organization this is."

Officials credit the quick work of the Rapid City Police department and an unknown civilian for stopping the bleeding in his leg with a tourniquet and possibly saving his life.

The Fire Department is hoping to get in contact with the mysterious person who helped Rendon to express their gratitude.