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Volunteer firefighter responding to what turned out to be a false alarm, died when car got stuck on train tracks


An Indiana volunteer firefighter was killed while responding to a call on Christmas Eve.

55-year-old McCordsville VFD firefighter Rich Rehm was killed in the opening hours of Saturday morning after his vehicle was hit by a train.

McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tom Alexander said Rehm was an outstanding firefighter.

“We’ll remember him for a long, long time,” he said. “He was just a nice guy, willing to help out, friendly and just a guy you’d like to be with.”

Rehm was on his way to the MVFD station for a call when his vehicle inexplicably got stuck on the railroad tracks. He was struck by a train shortly after.

When MVFD crews found the call Rehm was going to was a false alarm, they were shocked to find out the next call -a train and vehicle accident- involved one of their own.

“The chances of dealing with friends or neighbors is fairly high,” Alexander said. “But when it’s one of your buddies, that’s a little different story then. It cuts you a little different way.”

Rehm held a meeting on Saturday morning to assist all who were struggling with the loss, including Rehm’s oldest son, who is also a member of the department.

According to FOX59, Rehm’s family is working with the organization Supporting Heroes on funeral arrangements and other matters.

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