Hanover County

Hanover County mourns the loss of firefighter killed in line of duty

HANOVER, Va. (WRIC) -- Tropical Storm Michael contributed to the tragic death of a Hanover Firefighter.

Lieutenant Brad Clark and other firefighters from Hanover Station 6 were responding to a crash on I-295 when a tractor-trailer driver plowed into the back of their fire truck.

"We all know there was a lot of rain, the roadways were wet, it could have been a contributing factor," Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel Gary Settle said.

Lt. Clark died at the scene. Three other firefighters were rushed to the hospital. Two of them are in stable condition. Doctors treated and released the third firefighter.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hanover County Fire and EMS on the loss of Lt. Brad Clark and the injury of several others," Governor Ralph Northam said on Friday afternoon.

Afterwards, the Governor went to Fire Station 6 to comfort the relatives of the firefighters who were impacted.

On social media, tributes and condolences to a fallen hero poured in.

"He was a happy fun guy that enjoyed life and helping others," posted one of Lt. Clark's former coworkers.

"Thank you for your service and sacrifice," added a stranger.

Another added, "Godspeed Lt. Brad Clark in your new journey in life. Rest easy sir we have your watch now." 

Lt. Clark leaves behind a wife and three daughters. His fellow firefighters are struggling with the loss.

Police ticketed the tractor-trailer driver Lester LaBarge for reckless driving and faulty brakes. The 49-year-old is from Maryland. 

Additional charges against LaBarge are pending.

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