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    LODD Two North Carolina Firefighters Killed in Crash

    Two North Carolina Firefighters Killed in Crash

    Updated: 03-25-2007 06:28:22 PM


    SUSAN NICOL KYLE
    Firehouse.Com News


    Two North Carolina firefighters were killed Saturday when their tanker crashed while enroute to a structure fire.

    The volunteers at Rhodestown Volunteer Fire Department were identified as Billy Harold Williams, 45, and Brandon Whimple, 19. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, said Chief Marty Updegraff.

    Williams was driving, and Whimple was the only passenger. One was ejected and thrown clear of the vehicle, while the other was pinned underneath it, the chief said.

    The crash just before noon occurred on a straight road. It's believed the wheels slipped off the highway, and the driver overcompensated while trying to regain control. The 1987 Chevrolet tanker carrying 1,200 gallons of water veered off the road and rolled over.

    Updegraff said he had a bad feeling when he heard on his radio that the tanker was involved in a wreck, knowing that was the route it would take. "I just knew it had to be mine..."

    The chief arrived a few minutes later to confirm his worst fear.

    The volunteer department in Jacksonville is not handling any calls at least through Monday. Firefighters from surrounding areas are filling in to cover.

    "They were both active members," the chief said.

    Updegraff said he didn't believe they were wearing seatbelts.

    More information will be posted on Firehouse.com as it becomes available.

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    Funeral information

    Funeral Information

    Firefighter Billy Williams:

    Viewing will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Johnson Funeral Home on Hendersen Extension in Jacksonville. Funeral services will begin at noon. Interment will be at Onslow Memorial Gardens.

    Firefighter Brandon Whimple

    Viewing will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm at the Jones Funeral Home. Funeral servicies will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Interment will be in Inslow Memorial Gardens, Jacksonville.

    The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Whimple's name be sent to N.C. Fallen Firefighters Foundation 2501 Ble Ridge Rd. STE 150 Raleigh, NC 27607

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