LODD: NC firefighter killed in car crash responding to call

Township 7 Assistant Fire Chief Travis Blalock said the firefighter had to be extricated from the vehicle

Duty Death: Ralph DeBlasi - [New Bern, North Carolina]

End of Service: 06/10/2021


Update at 11:45 a.m. on June 11: 

By Rachel Engel

NEW BERN, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the firefighter killed while responding to a call. 

Photo/No. 7 Township Fire Rescue

Ralph DeBlasi, 62, was driving his own vehicle to a call about a highway crash, in the rain, when his vehicle went off the road while taking a curve, state troopers say. 

The crash is under investigation. 

Original post: 

By Rachel Engel

NEW BERN, N.C. — A Craven County firefighter was killed while responding to a call yesterday.

Firefighters were responding to a highway crash when another call came in for another crash involving a fellow department member, WITN reported.

Township 7 Assistant Fire Chief Travis Blalock said the firefighter had to be extricated from the vehicle.

“Ultimately, the firefighter involved in the accident passed away from his injuries,” he said.

The identity of the firefighter has not been released, pending permission from the family. 

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