Conn. EMT dies in motorcycle crash after shift at firehouse

“EMS was his life," a statement from Emergency Resource Management read, praising Christopher Smith's work and character


By Leila Merrill

KENT, Conn. — EMT Christopher Smith was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday on his way home from a firehouse, Emergency Resource Management and the Kent Volunteer Fire Department announced Wednesday.

Smith, 53, was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle on Route 202 when the bike and an SUV collided, the Register Citizen reported. Police said that Smith suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The other driver survived and was also transported.

Smith had worked for Emergency Resource Management, an EMS staffing company, for eight years.

“EMS was his life; working for ERM in at least 5 different client locations, as well as being a volunteer in Plymouth and for 2 commercial EMS services. He was always willing to go above and beyond to help others,” the company posted on Facebook.

Smith was proud to work in EMS, ERM said.

“Chris, who covered EMS shifts for us, was an exceedingly helpful and friendly person to work with. KVFD extends our deepest condolences to Chris’ fellow ERM employees and especially his family during this very difficult time,” the department posted on Facebook Wednesday night.

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