Firefighter mourned in crash on I-95 in Perryville

PERRYVILLE, Md. —

A longtime, well-known firefighter in Cecil and Baltimore counties who moonlighted as a tow truck driver was killed Sunday while on a service call on Interstate 95. Brian Williams, 51, who had been a firefighter in Perryville for 31 years and was also a longtime tow truck driver at Collette’s Service Center in Perryville, was working a tow call Sunday night on I-95 near Route 222. State police said a 2001 Jeep Cherokee struck Williams and the vehicles he was working on.

Advertisement The Perryville station took the call. Williams was dead 15 minutes after the crash.

“My captain, she established command. She knew right away that it was a member of ours that perished,” said Brian Jones, chief of the Community Fire Company of Perryville. “It was just a somber moment of all my members with their heads down, and they all came over to me and let me know exactly that it was Brian.” For Jones and his fellow firefighters, it’s a tough loss.

“It’s a major loss. It’s a loss like no other,” Jones said. “It’s devastating. I have all these guys here that they can’t believe it.

We’re just comprehending trying to get through it.” Also in mourning is the Baltimore County fire community, where Williams retired from a year ago after putting in 28 years, most recently as a dispatch administrative duty officer. “It’s a shock.

Yesterday was a difficult day for many, many people in our department,” Baltimore County Fire Chief Kyrle Preis said. “The impact that Brian had in both places and both communities, it’s tough.” “We’re all just trying to process everything, and we’re just waiting for Brian to come around the corner and start cracking jokes and laughing, and it’s going to be a really tough week,” Jones said. Williams is survived by his wife and daughter, as well as two sisters and a brother.

Funeral arrangements are still being made.

Brian Williams was also a tow truck driver in Cecil County. Leaves behind a wife and daughter. Firefighter communities in mourning. pic.twitter.com/JSGDohcTCn[1]

— Lowell Melser (@MelserWBAL) July 10, 2017[2]

Williams’ death marks the second time in four years that the Community Fire Company of Perryville has lost a member to a crash on a Maryland highway. Capt.

David Barr Jr. was struck and killed[3] by a vehicle in 2013 while directing traffic at a scene on Route 40.

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References

  1. ^ pic.twitter.com/JSGDohcTCn (t.co)
  2. ^ July 10, 2017 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ Capt.

    David Barr Jr. was struck and killed (www.wbaltv.com)

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