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Ga. firefighter, medic killed in single-car wreck

His vehicle left the road, went down an embankment and struck a wall

By Mike Morris
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — A Newton County firefighter/EMT was killed early Friday in a single-vehicle wreck near Covington.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Bradley M. Eavenson was driving a 2004 Dodge 2500 pickup truck eastbound on U.S. 278 when the truck ran off the roadway near Dixie Road, went down an embankment and struck a rock wall.

Eavenson, 31, of Elberton, was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle, a GSP spokesman said, adding that the crash was not weather-related.

Eavenson had been with the Newton County Fire Department since 2007, according to Chief Kevin O'Brien.

"Brad had a passion for teaching others about his skills in the rope and technical rescue arena and was well-respected across the state as an expert in this discipline," O'Brien said in a press release. "Brad had impacted many members of this organization as he helped mold our deparment into a more professional fire service and his passing will be a major loss for Newton County and the fire service of Georgia."

Eavenson was a graduate of Elbert County High School and had previously worked as a firefighter and EMT in Barrow County, according to his Facebook page.


(c)2014 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Robert Gift Robert Gift Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:21:14 PM Lost his life for NOT wearing seat-belts? How sad and needless. An assistant fire chief responding to a fire was not wearing seat-belts. He was badly injured in an intersection collision with a vehicle traveling through a green signal.
Michael Elvin Michael Elvin Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:57:06 PM Sad, but any first responder should know to wear a seat-belt. We know they save lives. R.I.P.
Kevin Cheek Kevin Cheek Tuesday, February 18, 2014 5:47:06 PM How about instead of second guessing a brother's passing and you would've done, you show some respect and pray for his family and son.

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