Relief Fund Established for Injured Firefighter

Family of Albert Bartal helps set up fund to ensure his recovery.

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    Turn yourself in. That's the plea tonight from the mother of a Cal Fire firefighter badly injured in a deliberate hit-and-run on Thanksgiving day. If that doesn't work, S.F.P.D. hopes surveillance video will help catch the suspect accused of slamming into firefighter Al Bartal. NBC Bay Area's Traci Grant reports in San Francisco.

    A relief fund has been set up for a Bay Area firefighter who was intentionally hit with a car following an early morning argument at a fast food restaurant in the City on Thanksgiving.

    Albert Bartal, 29, is a former Marine and a single father who is fighting for his life after being hit by a black Mazda CX SUV outside of a Jack in the Box restaurant in San Francisco's Richmond district.

    Bartal had been seen arguing with an unidentified man. The fireman suffered traumatic brain injuries after being struck and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he still is.

    Monday a relief fund was set up care of the San Francisco Police Credit Union to support his recovery.

    People wanting to make donations to the fund can do so at the SFPCU branch at 2550 Irving St.in San Francisco and write a check to the account No. 1379608.

    Bartal, who remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries,  has worked for the past five years as a seasonal firefighter at Cal Fire's  Saratoga Summit Fire Station in Santa Cruz County, fire Capt. Jonathan Cox  said.

    Seasonal firefighters generally work for six to nine months each  year, and the most recent fire season had ended earlier this month, Cox said.

    Investigators have released photos and a surveillance video of the  suspect taken inside the restaurant.  (Video below with suspect in white shirt at counter).

     Police said while Bartal  walked to a gas station at Ninth Avenue and Geary Boulevard, the suspect got  into his car, drove to the gas station and ran him down.

    Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the  suspect is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at  (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.