First Responder Killed in Wreck in Morgan County
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Authorities in Morgan County responded to a fatal wreck involving an Oden Ridge Fire Rescue volunteer who was killed while on his way to a fire call on Thursday afternoon.
Jantzen Murrell Frazier, 28, was returning to the scene of a fire when the truck he was driving flipped and slammed into power pole, knocking it down. State Troopers are investigating the crash. Friday, they released a brief statement that reveals Frazier was not wearing a seat belt.
Frazier, retired from the U.S. Army, was still a fairly new member of the Oden Ridge Fire Rescue.
He was deployed to Iraq twice, where he received three Purple Hearts for injuries received in combat, according to the Pentagon. Here is more information on Frazier’s military service.
According to the Morgan County Sheriff, deputies closed down roads in the area of 200 Wilson Mountain Road while the scene was being investigated and cleared.
Firefighters were still battling the fire the truck was called for later in the evening. Additional units and man power were requested to that fire, approximately a half-mile from the accident. No one was at home when that fire started. The Morgan County fire marshal was called out to the scene of that fire.
Frazier’s classmates, who recently had their 10-year class reunion, have re-purposed their reunion page as a memorial fund for his wife and four young daughters. Click here to visit that page.
Powell Fire and Rescue will also donate this weekend’s proceeds from the “Nitemare in the Park” haunted trail to the Frazier family. Its located on Highway 35 between Northeast College and Rainsville.
Admission is $7 per person or $5 per person for a group of six or more. Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral arrangements have been made for Frazier. Visitation is Tuesday night from 5:00 to 9:00 at Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle.
Wednesday, his body will lie in state from noon to 2:00 at First United Methodist Church in Hartselle.
Services will begin at 2:00, with burial to follow at Johnson’s Chapel cemetery.