UPDATE: Funeral Arrangements Set for Clendenin Firefighter

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/10/14 @ 9:40 p.m.
CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Funeral arrangements are complete for Clendenin Volunteer Firefighter Nathan Smith, who died Saturday in a crash.

The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Elkview.

The funeral will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

"Losing Nathan is one of the hardest things Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department has ever had to deal with," the chief said.

Any fire department wishing to participate in the funeral procession is asked to call the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department at (304) 548-6711 to advise them of their intentions to participate.

Those departments planning to attend should arrive at the church between noon and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday so they may be lined up.

UPDATE 2/9/14 @ 11:19 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A poem now hangs on the locker of Lieutenant Nathan Smith. It's one he wrote several years ago regarding his service as a firefighter.

It begins: "Don't weep for me. My days are numbered. My card has not been drawn. But when that day comes and I am gone, don't weep for me."

While he frequently wrote poetry, Smith's final piece will be written on the lives he touched.

The job of a firefighter isn't for the weak or weary. It's a calling to help others.

"You can't describe what drives these individuals," said Fire Chief Kevin Clendenin.

That calling for Smith began when many were concerned about learning to drive.

"I remember a 16 year old kid that just wanted to be a fireman," said Clendenin, remembering when Smith first walked in the department.

In his two decades as Chief, Clendenin can't remember anyone with as much passion.

"He had a desire for the job," said Clendenin.

For Smith, that job was just the beginning; joining the Chesapeake Police Department, the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Service, and the Air National Guard, where he did a tour in Afghanistan.

However, while his attitude to assist led him elsewhere, his home was at the station, among the brothers and sisters with whom he fought side by side.

"Nathan probably ran more fire calls at this station than anyone," remembers Captain Chris Avis.

As the first one in with a longing to lead, Smith will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.

"Nathan will be on every call, there's no question about it," said Avis.

UPDATE: 2/9/14 @ 5:00 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Memorial services have been scheduled for a volunteer firefighter who died in a crash Saturday night.

Nathan Smith was a volunteer firefighter in Clendenin. Deputies say he had been to an EMT recertification class and dinner, and was heading home when the crash happened.

Smith's visitation is set for Tuesday beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

His funeral is also at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. It's scheduled for Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

UPDATE: 2/9/14 @ 3:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Firefighter, Lt. Nathan Smith, had been a member of the department for 13 years.

Smith died following a crash, Saturday night. It happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Elk River Road North in Elkview.

Smith had just attended Emergency Medical Technician recertification class, had gone to dinner and was on his way home.

Deputies say Smith hit a natural gas meter, a parked car and then a house.

Nobody inside the house was injured.

UPDATE: 2/9/14 @ 11 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One man has died after Saturday night's accident in the 5100 block of Elk River Road North in Blue Creek.

Kanawha County Deputies say Nathan Smith of Clendenin was trapped inside the vehicle and died from injuries. Smith was driving a truck when deputies say he lost control, hit a natural gas meter and a parked car and then flipped into a house.

No one in the home was injured and Smith was the only person in his truck.

Smith was a member of the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department.

ORIGINAL STORY: 2/8/14 @ 10:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The 5100 block of Elk River Road North in Blue Creek is shut down because of an accident.

Emergency crews on the scene tell WSAZ.com that the driver of a truck lost control, hit a telephone pole and flipped into a house.

It happened just before 10:00 p.m. Saturday.

One person has been taken to the hospital with injuries that do appear to be life threatening.

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