Michael Edwards, Assistant Fire Chief

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Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards and Lieutenant Tom Craigo were killed and three other firefighters were injured when, for a cause still under investigation, the apparatus they were in left the narrow roadway and crashed into a rock wall. At the time, the firefighters were responding to a multiple fatality motor vehicle crash on the West Virginia Turnpike. Of the three firefighters injured, Fire Chief Timothy Walker remains in the hospital in critical condition; Firefighter Billy Hypes is in stable condition; and Firefighter Kyle Jenkins was released with minor injuries.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Paint Creek RD and Holy Grove DR, Hansford, WV (U.S. National Grid: 17S MC 6540 2711)

Department information

Pratt Volunteer Fire Department
200 Center ST POB 159
U.S. National Grid: 17S MC 6637 2914
Pratt, West Virginia 25162-0159

Chief: Timothy Walker

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 46
Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: March 24, 2018 18:15
Date of death: March 24, 2018
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road