From the Georgia State Patrol:
“Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Ga. 48 in Chattooga County. The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. It was determined in the initial investigation that a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling east on Ga. 48. A 2014 Toyota Sienna was traveling west.
“The Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by a 16-year-old male, traveled across the center line and struck the Toyota head-on. After impact, both vehicles sustained fire damage.
“Bystanders who came upon the crash were able to pull a male juvenile (6) away from the Toyota. The male driver of the Chevrolet was also pulled from the wreckage. Both were transported to local hospitals.
“In the Toyota, 41-year-old Christian Park (driver), 35-year-old Julia Park, and a small male child were found deceased. The Georgia State Patrol is in the early stages of the investigation, and no other details will be released at this time.”
“Another reason why I love living, working and serving in Chattooga County.
“As yesterday evening, International Firefighters day, Drew to a close, Chattooga County suffered a terrible tragedy. A tragedy that made me think about firefighters, especially volunteer firefighters, and the job they do.
“I watched as numerous volunteer firemen, from a couple of local volunteer fire departments, worked straight through pouring rain, helping to do anything that needed done even after the fires were extinguished. Staying on the scene for over six hours doing things that many couldn’t or wouldn’t want to do. The men were volunteers not getting paid anything and many having to get up and go to their jobs this morning.
“This isn’t the first time that this group of professionals made an impression on me. Over the years, we have always had the support of the volunteer firemen while working crime scenes and other tragedies. I have always known that my calling was law enforcement. I had many friends that chose to be firefighters. I never had the desire to go into a burning house or building. Now, I definitely would if I had to but I’m very thankful for those men and women who are right there ready when that time comes.
“Earlier in the week, I was thinking of posting for International Firefighter Week but had not. As I watched those guys Saturday night, I knew I had to go ahead and post a very sincere ‘Thank You’ to each and every person who carries that turnout gear in their own vehicle and carries that pager 24/7 just waiting to help.
“Chattooga County is blessed. If you see or know a volunteer firefighter or any firefighter for that matter, tell them thank you. As I sit here typing this post I know there are firefighters at home, probably in bed, with that pager on the nightstand just waiting to help someone in need.”