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Article updated: 2/24/2012 7:05 AM

Crash of S. Ind. fire truck kills young volunteer

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By Associated Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Members of a southern Indiana fire department are mourning the death of a volunteer killed the day before his 19th birthday when a fire truck overturned in a crash.

The McCutchanville Fire Department near Evansville is planning a fire truck procession on Friday when Jeremy Tighe's body is transferred to a funeral home.

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Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams tells the Evansville Courier & Press that Tighe was a passenger on the truck returning from a carbon monoxide alarm call Wednesday night when during heavy rain its rear wheels went off the pavement, causing it to go into the ditch line and overturn. The driver suffered minor injuries.

McCutchanville firefighter Jaci Emmons tells WFIE-TV that Tighe joined the department when he was 17 and saw firefighting as his calling.

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