By Katie Kyros
Firefighters across the area are mourning the loss of Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller, who was killed in the line of duty early Saturday morning. And they’re helping cover Loganville’s calls, with its crew shut down.
“He would help anybody, do anything,” says Goodwill Fire Company Chief Shannon Blevins. “He was just one of those guys who would drop what he was doing and help.”
He was on Interstate 83 Friday night helping save lives, as always. He was directing traffic after a crash so that a patient could be airlifted.
“He was really dedicated to the community,” says Donald Eberly, president of the Loganville Fire Department.
But then police say a drunk driver swerved around his emergency vehicle, hitting and killing him.
Now local fire companies, including Shrewsbury and Glen Rock, are following Chief Miller’s example. They’re pulling together to handle Loganville’s calls during one of its darkest times.
Goodwill Fire Company is running dual dispatch, and responding to calls along with fill-in teams.
Miller led the Loganville Fire Department as Chief for 12 years.
Police have charged Matthew Diehl with homicide by vehicle and DUI. They say he is an alleged repeat drunk driver. Court records show he was convicted of driving under the influence at the highest rate in 2006.