Local fire department mourns loss of firefighter who died while trying to help car crash victims

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COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — One of the people who died of an “accidental electrocution” Sunday following a car crash in Lorain County was a Columbia Township firefighter.

Columbia Township Fire Chief Ray Anthony told FOX 8 News Brett Wilson, 23, was with the department for two years. Chief Anthony said Wilson was hired as a firefighter and recently became a certified paramedic.

The chief said Wilson just completed his paramedic certificate at Tri-C three months ago.

Brett Wilson (photo courtesy: Columbia Township fire chief )

The township posted a remembrance on its Facebook page and said, “It is with a heavy heart that we post this. Last night our township suffered a great loss. Brett Wilson was with our Columbia Fire Department for 2 years as a Firefighter and EMT. We thank him for his service to our town and keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers as they mourn.”

Wilson, along with a 24-year-old woman, stopped to assist at the scene of the car crash at around 2:55 a.m. Sunday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said two men in a Pontiac went off the road and hit a utility pole, causing the pole to break in half and causing power lines to fall onto the road.

Both people in the Pontiac got out of the car and started to walk northbound across the roadway. The highway patrol said they came into contact with the downed power lines.

As Wilson and the woman were offering their help at the scene, they, too, came into contact with the downed power lines, the highway patrol said.

Wilson and the passenger of the Pontiac, identified by the highway patrol as Brent Reszler, 27, passed away.

Brent Reszler (photo from family )

Reszler’s family would like to thank the good Samaritans who tried to help.

Read more, here.

**Editor’s note: Brent Reszler’s last name was misspelled in the highway patrol’s press release. It has been corrected in this story.**

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