04/08/11 64 W, 1 I - + 4 - 3 Bladen County Firefighter Dies on Duty

FireNews has reported that Tar Heel Volunteer Fire Department firefighter David Hunsiger Jr. died Thursday, April 7, in a motor-vehicle accident while responding in his personal vehicle to a woods fire. Hunsiger is the son of the chief of the department. He is survived by a wife and children. Further details forthcoming.

From the Bladen Journal:

TAR HEEL — A Tar Heel volunteer firefighter was killed Thursday when he was involved in a traffic accident while en route to a fire call.

David J. Hunsinger Jr., 23, who is the son of Tar Heel Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Hunsinger Sr., was pronounced dead at the scene, which was at the intersection of River Road and Burney Road between White Oak and Tar Heel, on Thursday evening.

In an e-mail to media outlets, Bladen County Fire Marshal Bradley Kinlaw said: “Firefighters from around the county and state were on hand at Bladen County Hospital to pay their respects as their brother firefighter was brought into the facility.”

Hunsinger Jr. was pronounced dead by Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw at 6 p.m., just 17 minutes after the call came in on the wreck.

According to a Highway Patrol report by Trooper P.A. Collins, Hunsinger’s Mazda3 was T-boned by a minivan being driven by Lisa A. McMillan, 48, of Elizabethtown after Hunsinger lost control of his car, went off the road, overcorrected and came back onto River Road sideways.

According to published reports, McMillan suffered minor injuries and was treated and released.

Hunsinger was transported to the hospital on a Tar Heel fire truck.
Legeros - 04/08/11 - 11:22

This is a sad story for sure. I will be keeping the TFD family in my prayers. It’s a shame another front wheel drive car
contributes to another death.
Buckwheat - 04/08/11 - 11:30

my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Hunsinger.
charlie - 04/08/11 - 17:02

Nice retrospective from the Fayetteville Observer via firehouse.com, http://www.firehouse.com/news/top-headli..
Legeros - 04/11/11 - 07:03

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