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Off-duty firefighter attempted to save 8-year-old's life

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According to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, 22-year-old Chad Webster hit 8-year-old Phillip J. Geisinger while he was riding his bike May 2nd. An off-duty lieutenant with Kootenai County Fire lives down the street and tried to save the young boy's life, but was unsuccessful.

As a lieutenant with Kootenai County Fire for more than 20 years, Seth Hohenstreet says he's been to his fair share of scenes.

"I've been to too many tragedies," Hohenstreet said. "It never gets easier. Especially with kids."

Yesterday things hit too close to home.

"My 12-year-old ran downstairs and said, 'Dad, Phillip's been hit by a car.' I could tell from the tone of my voice that he hadn't just been bumped," Hohenstreet remembered.

He rushed out to help.

"The little boy's mom was kneeling by his side. I kneeled by her, and I knew right away he was lifeless," he explained.

He started CPR right away, but it was too late. 8-year-old Phillip Geisinger was dead.

"It's a beautiful sunny day, and Phillip's up in heaven now," Carol Wiencke said. She's a neighbor, and says she is praying for the family.

Geisinger's parents remember him as being adventurous and funny. They say they are grateful he did not suffer before dying. They tell KHQ's Liz Burch he is survived by three siblings, including a twin sister.

Donations can made to the Phillip Jerome Geisinger account at any Numerica location.

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