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
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.