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N.H. firefighter unknowingly pulls his dying daughter from Christmas Eve wreck

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A volunteer N.H. firefighter responded to a car wreck on Christmas Eve only to discover a horrifying truth – the dying woman he was pulling from the mangled wreckage was his own daughter.

Steve Whitcomb, 58, was one of the first responders on the scene of the car crash in Brookline, New Hampshire that killed his daughter, 30-year-old Katie Hamilton, reports the Nashua Telegraph on Dec. 25.

Hamilton’s Ford Explorer SUV was rear ended by 31-year-old Greg Cullen of Milford, N.H. last night. The crash pushed Hamilton’s SUV into oncoming traffic at the intersection of routes 13 and 130, where Hamilton was then hit head-on by another driver – James Ciprotti, 37, of Weare, N.H.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash, but have ruled out excess speed or intoxication on the part of Cullen.

“At the last minute – we don't know if it was driver distraction or what the cause was, we haven't been able to determine that – [Cullen] swerved to avoid hitting her and still struck her on the very right rear corner of her vehicle, forcing her to come over to the northbound lane,” according to Brookline Police Chief Bill Quigley.

The crash occurred just a few hundred feet from where her mother and father lived. The mother of three lived just a few miles away herself.

Whitcomb is still coming to terms with the loss of his youngest daughter.

“You grieve and then you try to put it all back together,” he said.

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