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Hospitalized fire chief shows positive developments

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WELLSVILLE, Ohio - The power of prayer many have a little more meaning for friends and family of a Columbiana County fire chief.

There was a large turnout for Wednesday night's vigil at the Wellsville fire station to pray for Fire Chief Bill "Smitty" Smith.

Smith has been hospitalized in critical condition since Monday when he was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.

The fire department's Facebook page now says the chief is no longer on a ventilator and was attempting to tell nurses to "leave him alone".  However, Smith remains in critical condition.

Officials haven't disclosed the nature of the chief's illness.

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