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Tuckahoe Vol Rescue Squad Mourns Loss of 86-Yr-Old Killed in Crash

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Tuckahoe Vol Rescue Squad's ambulance is covered in black drape in honor of Beverly Luther Tuckahoe Vol Rescue Squad's ambulance is covered in black drape in honor of Beverly Luther
Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad member Beverly Luther was killed in a car accident at the intersection of North Parham and Midway roads on Wednesday night. (Photo: Henrico Fire) Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad member Beverly Luther was killed in a car accident at the intersection of North Parham and Midway roads on Wednesday night. (Photo: Henrico Fire)
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - Members of the Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad in Henrico County are mourning one of their own. Beverly Luther, 86, was killed in a car accident Wednesday night on Parham Road.

Investigators say Luther crossed the median and hit a car going the other direction head on. That driver has life-threatening injuries.

Black drapes now cover badges, ambulances and the station, a place Luther considered her second home.

"It's kind of an empty feeling for me. I had no idea when I saw her that it was going to be the last time I saw her alive,” said John Tatum, the president of TVRS. "She was one of our family members, and we already miss her already. You don't replace people like Ms. Luther."

"We would be rowdy in here sometimes you know how guys get, and she would just correct us. tell us to get a life and calm down,” said Ed Farrish, a friend and member of TVRS.

Luther started working as a dispatcher on Wednesdays 16 years ago.

"She would basically keep up straight,” said Farrish.

She would answer the phone, keep track of the crews and log every call. She eventually earned the life member honor.

“She'd like to listen to us embellish our calls and talk about the different things that we had done. she said it was better than the movies,” said Farrish.

Luther was a widow and mother of two sons. Her friends say she'd frequently tell people Tuckahoe saved her life.

"She said all the time how grateful she was that we allowed her to come in here. i think sometimes she was lonely, and this was her outlet,” said Farrish.

Her crew returning that appreciation for what she brought--a presence that won't be replaced.

"The building won't be the same when you come in on Wednesdays and she's not sitting there," said Tatum.

"We'll just have an empty chair here,” said Farrish.

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