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Austin medic killed in head-on collision

Paramedic Randy Trinkle was driving home when the incident occurred


AUSTIN, Texas — A 15-year veteran of Austin-Travis County EMS was killed in a head-on collision. Randy Trinkle, 46, was on his way home to Fredericksburg after completing his shift Saturday morning.

"It's devastating," said Mike Benavides, a commander with Austin-Travis County EMS Special Operations and good friend of Trinkle's. "It's devastating from a professional standpoint. It's devastating from a personal standpoint. My heart and my prayers and the prayers of the entire team and department just go out to him and his family. We can't even imagine what they must be going through. It's tragic."

Trinkle, a captain and Austin-Travis County EMS paramedic, was killed in a head-on collision Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 290 just outside Fredericksburg where he lived. Trinkle had just completed his shift and was returning home. He was in his personal car and was still in uniform.

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