10/11/12 148 W, 1 I - + 2 - 2 Alexander County Firefighter Killed in Vehicle Accident

Bethlehem Community Fire Rescue Firefighter Caleb Benfield, 18, died Wednesday evening from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident earlier in the day. He was returning to the fire station from home, where had lunch after a morning performing fire prevention activities. He was driving his motorcycle on Highway 127 when he lost control of his vehicle about 150 yards from the fire station. The accident occurred just after 1:00 p.m. He was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center, and airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center. He died that night, following surgery. A visitation is planned at Tri-City Baptist Church in Conovor on Sunday. Firefighters will led a procession to the burial in Wilkes County. Benfield joined the department in 2001 as a junior member. He had participated in his first fire just a few weeks ago. More details: FireNews.net, Hickory Daily Record, WCNC-TV, WSCO-TV.

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