News 12 at 11 o'clock, August 20, 2007
WAGENER, S.C. - Jeffrey Swartz, a volunteer firefighter died in a car accident while responding to a respiratory distress call.
According to the Aiken County coroner's office, he was traveling on Camp Rawls Road when he lost control of his car. He was going east when he veered off of the roadway and crossed the median striking a west bound car. His car then returned to the east bound lane, left the roadway and burst into flames.
Mark Redd, Fire Chief of the Wagener Volunteer Fire Department, said Swartz was a community leader and will be missed by all.
"He just smiled, loved life and loved being a firefighter." said Redd.
Swartz was 36 years-old. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Two people were injured in the car Swartz struck. They were taken to MCG hospitals. Family members say they are expecting a full recovery.