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Firefighter unknowingly pulls dying daughter from fatal crash on Christmas Eve

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Tragedy struck a volunteer firefighter in New Hampshire on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2013, at the site of a fatal car crash. Fox 8 reported that the firefighter was responding to a fatal car crash and didn't realized that the mangled body of a dying woman he pulled from a vehicle was that of his own daughter.

Volunteer firefighter Steve Whitcomb didn't recognize the body of his daughter, 30-year-old Katie Hamilton as he pulled her from a demolished SUV in Brookline, New Hampshire.

“It’s a terrible tragedy,” said Ellsworth Austin, who, like Whitcomb, runs a plumbing business in Brookline. “It’s Christmas … and everybody is pretty teary-eyed.”

A vehicle struck the back of Hamilton's car and pushed it into opposing traffic. At that point, a third vehicle collided head-on with hers. Once firefighters arrived on the scene, police chief Bill Quigley said that "her father was the one who pulled her out of the car without knowing it was her."

Hamilton was a young mother and leaves behind a child.

Brookline is a small town of just about 4,000 people and many of them Whitcomb and quickly learned of the horrible tragedy he has now gone through.

Details of the crash aren't fully known as an investigation is ongoing, but it is believed that the driver that rear-ended Hamilton may have been distracted by something. It is believed that "speed and impairment" were not a factor.

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