UPDATE: Funeral set for firefighter killed in crash

SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — Services are set for a West Virginia firefighter who was killed when a volunteer fire department’s truck crashed while responding to an emergency call.

The funeral for Clover volunteer firefighter Mark Horwich will be at noon Saturday at Roane County High School in Spencer, WCHS-TV reported. A public viewing will be held prior to the funeral. Horwich will be buried at Ferrell Cemetery in Looneyville.

John H. Taylor Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Horwich died Saturday when the fire truck he was driving went off a narrow road en route to a structure fire near the community of Newton.

Horwich also was the co-owner of a business that developed record keeping software for fire departments.

The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.

NEWTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia firefighter was killed when a volunteer fire department’s truck crashed while responding to an emergency call, authorities said.

Mark Horwich died Saturday when the fire truck went off a narrow road en route to a structure fire in Roane County, the city of Spencer said on Facebook.

The accident happened near the community of Newton. WSAZ-TV reported the force of the crash crushed the cab of the fire truck.

Horwich was a member of the Clover Volunteer Fire Department. Gov. Jim Justice said on Twitter.

It wasn’t known whether other firefighters were on the truck or if anyone else was injured.

“Our volunteer firefighters are some of the most incredible (West Virginians) we have, because they run toward danger to protect us — out of the goodness of their hearts,” Justice said.

Justice said he and his wife, Cathy, “send our deepest condolences to his family and the entire community.”

The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident, which closed the road for several hours.

“His family, his fire department, and our community is devastated by this sudden tragedy,” said the statement from the city of Spencer. “We are so grateful for our service personnel of all departments and are deeply moved by the loss of fireman Horwich in the line of duty. We acknowledge the danger you put yourselves in when the call for help goes out and appreciate your sacrifice. Again, our sincere condolences and sympathies.”

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