MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - State troopers say a single-vehicle crash Sunday morning, June 28, claimed the life of a Danville man. Tyler Wayne Whitt, 26, was killed when the GMC pickup he was driving left Red Bank Road and struck a tree just south of Decatur. Whitt was pronounced dead at the scene.
Less than five years ago, the Morgan County Rescue Squad lost paramedic Laura Pullam who died in the line of duty while working on an ambulance. They are now mourning another loss of one of their own, Captain Whitt.
The Rescue Squad made the announcement of Whitt's passing Sunday night on Facebook:
"When we got the phone call that he had the wreck, we were actually on a search and rescue call at the time," says Rescue Squad Chief Danny Kelsoe. "Tyler was just all around a likable guy. He was a captain here for us here at the rescue squad and he earned that title as captain because he was always willing to go the extra mile and he did it for free," Kelsoe says of Whitt's dedication to his volunteer position.
Chief Kelsoe had to keep a close watch on the mental heath of his other rescue squad members who were forced to finish their jobs of searching for a missing person after hearing the news of Whitt's death.
"I told them that I felt like Tyler would have wanted us to continue to search and continue the call we were on -- and we did."
Kelsoe says Tuesday night Mud Tavern Fire department will have grief counseling available for those who need someone to talk to about the young man's death. Whitt was not only a valued member of the Morgan County Rescue Squad but had also served the Flint and Mud Tavern Fire Departments.
At 7p.m. Monday, Tyler Whitt's fellow volunteers and friends will host a candlelight vigil at the Morgan County Rescue Squad headquarters at 4403 Old Highway 31 in Decatur.
Tyler's close friends say he'll be hard to forget, and impossible to replace.
"I don't think there are a lot of people who could put the pair of shoes on and wear the shoes he wore," Kelsoe said.
Visitation for Tyler Whitt will take place Thursday afternoon, July 2 at Roselawn funeral Home at 709 Memorial Dr SW, Decatur, AL 35601.
Whitt's funeral will be held Friday, July 3 at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home. Whitt will be laid to rest at Roselawn Cemetery.