LODD: SC firefighter killed by semi-truck
Lexington County firefighters had stopped to check on victims of a car crash while heading to another call when Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum was hit by a semi
Duty Death: Paul E. Quattlebaum - [Lexington, South Carolina]
End of Service: 10/04/2019
By FireRescue1 Staff
LEXINGTON, S.C. — A Lexington County Fire Service firefighter was killed after he was hit by an 18-wheeler while attempting to help car crash victims on the side of the road.
Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum and his crew was responding to a medical call when they saw a car crash, according to WLTX 19. While the firefighters were stopped to check on the victims, a semi-truck struck Quattlebaum. Lexington County EMS transported him to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.
In a Facebook post, county officials expressed their condolences to Quattlebaum’s loved ones.
“Quattlebaum faithfully served the residents and visitors of Lexington County throughout his career,” the post read. “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the County of Lexington are with his family.”
Quattlebaum a 22-year veteran of the fire service, also served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps before receiving a medical discharge due to injury.
The incident is being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.