SC firefighter dies in motorcycle crash on way to work
Reidville and Clear Spring Firefighter Tyler Warfield, 23, was between consecutive shifts when the crash occurred
By Laura French
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A South Carolina firefighter who worked for two departments was killed in a motorcycle crash between consecutive shifts on Wednesday, officials say.
Firefighter Tyler Warfield, 23, had just finished his shift at Clear Spring Fire Rescue and was on his way to the Reidville Fire Department to work another shift when a pickup truck collided with his motorcycle while turning, according to WSPA. Warfield died at the scene of the crash, South Carolina Highway Patrol officials said.
Reidville Fire Department personnel also responded to the crash, not knowing that Warfield was a victim. Reidville Fire Department Chief Patrick Evatt said the incident hit hard for the department's members.
Evatt described Warfield as a cheerful person who loved life and had said he wanted to be a firefighter since he was three years old. Clear Spring Fire and Rescue Chief Michael Huppmann also said Warfield was very devoted to firefighting, as shown by the fact that he had back-to-back shifts on the day of the crash.
Warfield started his career as a junior firefighter for the City of Mauldin and had worked full-time for Clear Spring Fire and Rescue and part-time for the Reidville Fire Department.
The crash remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.