A 24-year-old Chatham County firefighter was killed in a traffic accident early Tuesday while responding to a call, officials said.
Joshua Mequaine Woods died Tuesday, according to The North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
The single-vehicle accident occurred around 1 a.m. near the 300 block of N. Chatham Avenue in Siler City, according to the Highway Patrol.
Woods was driving a 2004 Honda. His car went off the highway and he hit struck a ditch and two trees. The Patrol said speed was “a contributing factor” in the collision.
Chief Scott Murphy Siler City Fire Department said there has been a a great outpouring from the community since Woods’ death.
“The Firefighters Association And surrounding fire departments are all offering all kinds of help and support. We are a brotherhood so we work together to maintain that brotherhood,” Murphy said.
Woods was recently married had two sons and was expecting a third child, Murphy said.
“He was well liked by all the members of the department. A great guy. He went out of his way to help anybody out.”