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2 BOYS WHO WERE HIT IN '92 BY CHIEF'S CAR WIN DAMAGES

Two boys injured in a collision with a fire chief's car racing to a fire have been awarded more than $1.7 million in damages by a jury.

The judge may reduce the award because of a cap on judgments from injuries caused by public employees.The collision occurred June 10, 1992, as Weber Fire District Chief Glen H. Burton, 52, slowed and went through a red light in his county vehicle, its emergency light flashing and siren on.

Matthew Lyon, then 17, and Christopher Walker, then 12, suffered multiple injuries. Lyon's medical bills have totaled nearly $10,000, and Walker's have reached $132,000.

Lyon's suit asked for $1 million, and Walker's sought $1.5 million.

The jury was not told that state law puts a cap of $250,000 per person on damages for injuries caused by a public employee.

Ray Christensen, Burton's lawyer, said Wednesday that he expects 2nd District Judge Stanton Taylor to limit the fire district's liability to $500,000.