Alvinston firefighter dies in Petrolia Line accident

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Tanner Redick during training exercises at Six Nations Fire and Emergency Service

The Brooke Fire Service is in mourning after one of their own was killed in a crash on Petrolia Line Friday morning.

The volunteer firefighters were called to the scene of collision between a pickup truck and a combine near Old Walnut Road around 11:30 Friday morning.

The driver of the truck –  Tanner Redick – was pronounced dead at the scene. Redick is a volunteer with Brooke Fire Rescue and the nephew of the Alvinston station’s Deputy Chief Kris Redick.

While OPP have yet to confirm the name of the victim of the crash, the Six Nations Fire & Emergency Services – where he had been working since the spring – identified Redick in a Facebook post this evening.

Tanner Redick, second from the right, as he joined the Six Nation fire department this spring

“The Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services family offer our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Six Nations Firefighter Tanner Redick.”

Redick realized his dream of becoming a career firefighter in the spring at Six Nations says Chief Matthew Miller.

“During his academy training, Tanner exemplified in every way exactly what was needed to be an incredibly strong, dedicated and committed firefighter,” wrote Miller in the post. “We are eternally grateful for the time which we had with Tanner; his presence made us a better service and better people for knowing him.”

Flags at the Brooke stations and those across Lambton County are lowered to half staff in honour of Redick’s life.

Brooke Fire Service members along with the OPP and EMS from Lambton and Middlesex on Petrolia Line near Old Walnut Road Friday after an accident which claimed the life of one of Brooke Fire Rescue’s volunteers.