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    U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Killed in South Carolina Crash

    U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Killed in South Carolina Crash

    Updated: 01-29-2007 12:09:13 PM\

    NOAH HAGLUND
    Courtesy of The Post and Courier

    HUGER, S.C.-- A head-on collision on Steed Creek Road claimed the lives of a truck driver and a U.S. Forest Service firefighter Thursday night, authorities said.

    The crash near Halfway Creek Road unfolded around 8 p.m. Kenneth Fahey, 35, of Cordesville was driving north in a Forest Service truck, while Lonnie Nettles, 43, of Johns Island was headed south in an 18-wheeler, Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

    After impact, both vehicles burst into flames with the drivers pinned inside the wreckage, Salisbury said. The deputy coroner pronounced the men dead at the scene.

    Highway Patrol investigators think the Chevrolet 3/4-ton Forest Service truck crossed into the opposite lane of traffic but weren't sure why, Cpl. Paul Brouthers said.

    Fahey worked as a forestry technician and a firefighter, Forest Service spokeswoman Gwen Beavans said. He is survived by a wife, Nicole Lindsay Fahey, and two elementary-school-age children.

    "Everybody loved him," Beavans said. "We're asking for prayers for his family."

    Fahey joined the Forest Service in 2001, initially working near Brevard, N.C., she said. He relocated to the Francis Marion National Forest in October 2005.

    At the time of the wreck, he was returning from a controlled burn, Beavans said. The Forest Service will launch its own investigation into the crash, following standard agency procedure.

    Nettles was returning to Sunbelt Rentals on Clements Ferry Road after making deliveries, Salisbury said. An obituary notice describes Nettles as a truck driver for Sunbelt. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Walker Nettles.


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    Fahey, Kenneth Patrick

    Age: 35
    Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Wildland Full-Time
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 01/25/2007
    Duty Type: Other On-Duty
    Incident Time: 20:00
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 01/25/2007
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    United States Forest Service - Francis Marion National Forest
    Witherbee Ranger Station
    2421 Witherbee Road
    Cordesville , South Carolina 29434
    Chief: District Ranger Orlando Sutton

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Fahey was operating a 3/4-ton Forest Service truck returning from a controlled burn when according to Highway Patrol investigators, the vehicle apparently crossed over into oncoming traffic striking a semi-tractor and trailer head-on. Both vehicles caught fire upon impact. Fahey and the operator of the other vehicle, 43 year-old Lonnie Nettles, were pronounced on-scene. Investigation into cause the accident continues.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Pending


    http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/applications...eath_year=2007

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