Darrell-Morrison.jpg46-year-old Darrell James Morrison passed away yesterday in the line of duty on Highway 4. Photo courtesy of Rosetown Fire Department Facebook page.Yet another tragic reminder for drivers to slow down and be extra careful when passing emergency vehicles stopped along the highway. A firefighter from the Rosetown Fire Department was struck and killed when he responded to the scene of a separate accident on Wednesday along Highway 4. Darrell Morrison, a volunteer firefighter was assisting when he was struck by a passing semi. He later died in Rosetown hospital.

This has caused many to speak out on just how important it is to slow down and give crews room to work. 

"It's always imperative whether it's just a tow truck or if it's emergency services vehicles or even just construction on the roadways, please slow down to 60."

He adds that the law to slow down to 60 is in perfect driving conditions, so if the roads are icy or foggy as it has been the last few days, consider slowing down even more. As well, move over when passing. 

"It's a very unfortunate incident and 100% preventable. Our hearts go out to Rosetown Fire Department in their time of sorrow and loss."

"They have the full support of the entire fire service right across the province. It's amazing the pouring of emotion in their time of loss and this spans from career, paid on call, and volunteer fire departments. We're really seeing a sense of unity and brotherhood and sisterhood out there."

The Saskatchewan Fire Chiefs recently posted on Twitter: “The Saskatchewan Fire Service is heartbroken today as we learn of the line of duty death this morning of a member of the Rosetown Fire Department. We all share in the burden of your loss and hope this small measure of comfort to the family, colleagues, friends and community.”

Members of the Estevan Fire and Rescue plan to attend Morrison's funeral as part of the honour guard.

"We need to make sure that this is not going to happen again. it shouldn't have happened in the first place. We're definitely going to be taking some strong measures to make sure that this never ever happens again."

"The measures we take a look at education and trying to get the message out via radio, social media, and other media outlets to ensure that people are at least aware. A lot of times, we just see a sense of complacency. And people seem to be in a hurry. Just slow down, everybody wants to make it home safe at the end of every call."

 

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