UPDATE | Funeral services set for firefighter who died in accident

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ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ/AP) -- UPDATE 1/13/20 @ 10:05 p.m.
Services are set for a West Virginia firefighter who was killed when a volunteer fire department's truck crashed while responding to an emergency call.

Clover Volunteer firefighter Mark Horwich died on his way to an emergency call in Roane County, West Virginia.

The funeral for Clover volunteer firefighter Mark Horwich will be at noon Saturday at Roane County High School in Spencer, the Associated Press reports.

A public viewing will be held prior to the funeral.

Horwich died Saturday when the fire truck he was driving went off a narrow road en route to a structure fire.

Horwich was the co-owner of a business that developed recordkeeping software for fire departments.

The Roane County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident.

Monday night, members of the Pinch Volunteer Fire Department lined the Elkview overpass in Kanawha County as Horwich's body was escorted back to Spencer from the state Medical Examiner's office.



UPDATE 1/12/20 @ 9 p.m.
For members of the Clover Volunteer Fire Department, Saturday afternoon's call was unlike any call they were expecting.

On his way to help fellow firefighters in Newton, clover's own Mark Horwich was killed in a crash on Big Sandy Road.

Now members of the fire service are just trying to figure out just where to go from here.

“Keep on with what we do,” said Clover VFD chief Jason Conrad. “Protect the county.”

Horwich leaves behind his wife and his three children as well many members of both Clover and Spencer-Roane fire departments. He had only lived in Roane County for a couple of years after moving from Nebraska, but left a mark on the community.

“He was a good, outstanding guy who loved the fire service,” Conrad said.

Horwich served in the fire service for over 20 years, even founding the company Fire Station Software, which sold record-keeping software to departments all over the world.

The Clover VFD says that funeral arrangements are pending while they wait for members of Horwich's family to come in from Nebraska.

Local officials asked flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor him.



UPDATE 1/11/20 @ 10:20 p.m.
The name of a firefighter killed in a crash Saturday has been released.

The city of Spencer says Mark Horwich died when his truck went off the side of Big Sandy Road near Newton, Roane County.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. Saturday while firefighters were responding to a structure fire. It completely crushed the cab of the firetruck and even knocked off a wheel.

Multiple fire departments, police agencies and ambulances were on scene for hours Saturday evening trying to figure out what caused the crash that killed Horwich.

A Spencer official says Horwich was a father and husband.

“His family, his fire department, and our community is devastated by the sudden tragedy,” officials said. “From all of us at the city of Spencer, we extend our sincerest condolences to the loved ones of Mark Horwich. You have our hearts.”

The city is asking flags be lowered to half staff starting Monday to honor Horwich.

“We are so grateful for our service personnel of all departments and are deeply moved by the loss of fireman Horwich in the line of duty,” the city said. “We acknowledge the danger you put yourselves in when the call for help goes out and appreciate your sacrifice. Again, our sincere condolences and sympathies.”

Governor Jim Justice tweeted condolences to the Clover Volunteer Fire Department and the firefighter's family.

"Our volunteer firefighters are some of the most incredible WVians we have, because they run toward danger to protect us – out of the goodness of their hearts. We lost one of these brave men tonight at the Clover VFD in Roane County. Cathy and I send our deepest condolences to his family and the entire community. We ask all WVians to join with us offering their prayers and support during this time of mourning."



UPDATE 1/11/20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Dispatchers confirm to WSAZ that a Roane County firefighter has died after a crashing while responding to a fire.

It happened around 2 p.m. Saturday on Amma Road in the Newton area.

Governor Jim Justice tweeted condolences to the Clover Volunteer Fire Department and the firefighter's family.

"Our volunteer firefighters are some of the most incredible WVians we have, because they run toward danger to protect us – out of the goodness of their hearts. We lost one of these brave men tonight at the Clover VFD in Roane County. Cathy and I send our deepest condolences to his family and the entire community. We ask all WVians to join with us offering their prayers and support during this time of mourning."

The firefighter's name has not been released.


UPDATE 1/11/20 @ 6:13 p.m.
The medical examiner has been called to the scene of a crash involving a fire truck in Roane County, according to dispatchers.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ the firefighter was responding to a structure fire when the truck crashed around Amma Road.

No names have been released. We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.


ORIGINAL STORY 1/11/20 @ 5:23 p.m.
A fire truck is reported to be involved in a crash in Roane County.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ it happened along Amma Road.

They say there is an entrapment reported.

There are few details about what happened and if there are any injuries.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.