Joshua Travis Smith, Firefighter

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Firefighter Smith was responding is his personal vehicle, a 2003 Cadillac, to a motor vehicle crash. Rain was falling and the roadway was wet. As he drove through a curve in the road, Firefighter Smith crossed the center line, overcorrected, and went off the right side of the roadway. His vehicle struck a concrete structure and rolled.

Firefighter Smith was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1540hrs due to his injuries. Excessive speed was cited as a factor in the crash in the law enforcement report as well as speed above the posted limit. Firefighter Smith was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Incident Location: 2100 block Rocky Branch Road (USNG: 17S QA 5856 6595)

Department information

LaCrosse Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 38, 202 Carolina ST
USNG: 17S QA 5978 6489
LaCrosse, Virginia 23950

Chief: Mike Clark

Joshua Travis Smith was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 25
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: December 14, 2013 14:44
Date of death: December 14, 2013
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road