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Jul 2, 2012 12:16 AM

Reward offered for hit-and-run driver

TUCSON - A $20,000 reward is being offered to find the driver who ran over a Nogales firefighter.

"God bless you. Thank you," the victim's friend, Kevin Chaffee said about the anonymous donor, "there's no words to describe your commitment in finding the people that did this."

Sterling Lytle was riding in a friend's vehicle around 2 a.m. Thursday. An orange truck flashed its headlights and honked its horn behind them. They pulled over near Pima Street and Alvernon Way. Lytle got out and the truck ran him over, according to Tucson Police.

Lytle is still alive, but the family will be taking him off life support, according to Chaffee.

"You should never be saying goodbye to somebody who is 25 years old," Chaffee said, "that has their entire life ahead of them."

Lylte is an EMT with the Nogales Fire Department. Chaffee is a paramedic for Tucson Fire.

"It's not just anybody that can do the job that we do," Chaffee said, "but Sterling had it in him."

Lytle's organs will be donated.

"It's maybe his final gesture," Chaffee said, "so that in his death, someone else may live."

A $25,000 scholarship in Lytle's name will be set up for fire and EMT students at Pima Community College, according to Chaffee. Lytle was an EMT instructor there.

The latest vehicle description is an orange 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche, according to Chaffee. Previously, police thought it might have been a Silverado or Blazer. It should have visible front-end damage. The driver is described as a Hispanic male.

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