NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — Community members gathered together Saturday to honor and remember a firefighter who lost his life helping victims of a car crash.
Brett Wilson, a Columbia Township firefighter, was off duty Sunday morning when a car struck a utility pole near his home in Olmsted Township, causing power lines to fall onto the roadway.
Wilson and his girlfriend ran to render aid to the victims of the crash. He was electrocuted when he came into contact with the electrified ground, as was the passenger in the car.
The driver and Wilson’s girlfriend were injured but survived.
Saturday morning, a funeral and procession were held in Wilson’s honor at Chambers Funeral Home on Lorain Road in North Olmsted.
The fire museum turned an old pumper truck into a funeral transport vehicle and they will placed Wilson’s casket onto the truck for the procession. Ohio Vault Works in Valley View designed and donated a custom casket to the family that memorializes the 23-year-old’s life and sacrifice.
After the procession, a graveside service was held at Royalton Road Cemetary in Columbia Station.