A McCordsville firefighter died early Saturday morning after he was struck by a train while responding to a call, according to supportingheroes.org.
Firefighter Richard Rehm was killed after he responded to a report of an “alarm sounding,” a little after 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Rehm called dispatch and told them he had become stuck on a railroad crossing during the call, according to supportingheroes.org. A little bit later, reports were received that his car had been struck by a train. Rehm was pronounced dead at the scene.
“God bless you Rich and the service and the sacrifice that you have made,” theMcCordsville Fire Department said in a post on Facebook. “We will always remember you as a friend, a fireman, and a truly great person. I know i (sic) speak on behalf of everyone that has the honor of working with you in the fire service when i (sic) say you were a great man. Willing to give the shirt off your back to anyone in need, always there ready for the call. You will be in our prayers and our thoughts and you will never be forgotten.”
The department’s post quickly filled with comments and condolences for the family from both those who knew Rehm and from other volunteer fire departments across the state.