SC mom and firefighter dies in crash while delivering mail

SC mom and firefighter dies in crash while delivering mail (Image 1)
SC mom and firefighter dies in crash while delivering mail (Image 1)

An SC mom who served as a volunteer firefighter and a US mail carrier died in a crash on Wednesday morning, authorities say.

Erica M. Broughton, age 26, of Cassatt was named the 2011 First Responder of the Year at Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department, which is in Kershaw County.

Broughton died while she was on her mail route around 9 am when her car went off the left side of Highway 1 just south of Bethune and hit a concrete statue on the side of the road, WIS-TV reported.

WIS-TV reported the statue came through the windshield and hit Broughton, who leaves behind a young son  and husband of 3 years, Derek.

with heavy hearts that we report the untimely passing of Firefighter Erica
Broughton in an off-duty accident.  Erica
was an active volunteer firefighter with our department and has served with the
department since 2011,” said  Chief Chris Jones of the Buffalo – Mt. Pisgah
Fire Department.

Broughton held many
fire certifications and was a trained medical first responder.  Erica served in the fire department alongside her
husband Derek , brother BJ Marshall, and cousin Jeremy Kennington who are
also volunteer firefighters with the department.

“She enjoyed hunting and fishing. Erica was a proud mother who loved spending time with her family. She was a member of Abney Baptist Church where she and her husband was devoted to leading the youth program,” her obituary said.

Her funeral service will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Abney Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Tim Broughton and the Rev. David B. Turner will officiate.

  The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.

  Memorials may be made to Abney Baptist Church Building Fund, 5180 Bethune Rd, Kershaw, SC 29067 or Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department, 5203 Mt. Pisgah Road, Kershaw, S.C. 29067.

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