Winfield volunteer firefighter killed in accident

December 12, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A volunteer firefighter from Carroll County was killed early Friday when a pickup truck pinned him to the trash collection truck he was walking behind, then burst into flames two miles from the fire station.

Ernest Eugene Poole Jr., 26, of the 4900 block of Bushy Road, Winfield, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Daniel Welliver, a county medical examiner.

Mr. Poole was killed when a pickup truck driven by Donald Baine Magin, 55, of Washington Lane, Westminster, crashed into an Eastern Waste Industries' trash truck while it was making rounds on Old Liberty Road near Jim Pickett Road about 5:30 yesterday morning.

Mr. Magin remained in critical condition last night at the burn unit of Francis Scott Key Medical Center. He was found outside the burning vehicle on the right shoulder of the road when the first medic unit arrived from the Winfield Volunteer Fire Company -- where Mr. Poole was an active member.

An official at the burn unit said Mr. Magin had third-degree burns over much of his body.

The impact knocked a second worker, Jared Edward Hamby of Westminster, from a foot step on the other side of the truck, police said. He was treated for minor injuries at the Carroll County General Hospital and released.

Mr. Poole was an active member of the Winfield Fire Company who answered many emergency calls during his 10 years with the company, said Winfield Fire Chief Tim Warner.

Mr. Poole was a lifelong resident of the Sykesville area and is survived by his wife, Denise, and daughter, Nicole, 6.

"He served as a fire officer in the rank of captain for one year and just finished a three-year term on the board of directors," Chief Warner said. "He was a quiet man but always willing to help in any activity around the firehouse."

Mr. Poole was known as J.R. or Junior around the firehouse.

"JR fought his last fire on Thursday when the company was dispatched to a chimney fire on Loretta Drive in Howard County," Chief Warner said. "He rode the second engine in. He also acted as a driver on the engines."

In addition to his regular job working for Eastern Waste, Mr. Poole ran his own small business, doing landscaping in warm weather and delivering firewood during the winter.

"Final funeral arrangements have not been completed, but there will be a memorial service by his companion firefighters from Winfield and other fire companies in the area during the funeral services," Chief Warner said.

Trooper Shawn Wooleyhand said the probable cause of the crash was failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

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