Firefighter Who Died in Morning Crash is Identified

Firefighter Who Died in Morning Crash is IdentifiedA firefighter who died early Monday morning in a crash on the way to a fire, has been identified.

Frederick County Fire and Rescue Officials say 21-year-old Zachary Whitacre died after being taken to Winchester Medical Center.

Chief Dennis Linaburg says a tanker that hauls two people, was involved in a single vehicle accident.

Whitacre had been a firefighter with Gore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for about a year.

The accident happened on Route 50 West just over the West Virginia line as the pair was heading to Capon Bridge to pick up water before responding to a reported structure fire in Hampshire County.

The driver of the tanker was Donald Whitacre, Zachary’s father. He was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The Gore station has been placed out of service and is being staffed by firefighters from Winchester.

Chief Linaburg described it as one of the saddest moments in Frederick County’s history.

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