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‘We carry on in your honor': Ky. communities mourn loss of FF, EMT

Firefighter Frank Whitt was killed in a crash while en route to escort EMT Drake Adams to a funeral home

By Mary Jane Epling
The Daily Independent, Ashland, Ky.

SANDY HOOK, Ky. — Elliott County suffered the loss of two first responders on Tuesday in a series of tragic circumstances.

According to previous reports, an EMT, later identified as Drake Adams, died early Tuesday from natural causes.

Carter County EMS released condolences for Adams’s family, adding Adams was previously employed as an EMT in Carter County, as a firefighter in Sandy Hook and Winchester and was formerly a corrections officer at Sandy Hook Correctional Facility.

“Our hearts ache as we ask you to hold Drake’s beloved wife, Ruby, his children, and all those who cherished him in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Elliott County EMS posted.

Per previous reports and social media releases, Frank Whitt, a firefighter with the 504 Fire Department was killed in a single-vehicle-accident while en route to escort Adams to a funeral home.

Other news agencies reported KSP said Whitt was driving a fire engine southbound on Route 504 around 5 p.m. before losing control, striking a guardrail and going over an embankment.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the 504 Fire Department for the loss of Firefighter Frank Whitt. Both Drake and Frank exemplified unwavering dedication to serving others, and their absence leaves a void that cannot be easily filled,” the post from Elliott EMS continued.

“To Drake, Frank, and all our fallen comrades: We carry on in your honor.”


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