Remembering a Hero: First responders, groups react to fallen West Virginia firefighter

  • Source: WCHS-TV ABC/FOX 8 Charleston
  • Published: 05/03/2022 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: There is an outpouring of sorrow on social media from first responders and their organizations for a Braxton County firefighter hailed as a hero after losing his life during a water rescue attempt. John Dean Forbush, 24, a four-year veteran of the Gassaway Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday after emergency crews said a vehicle carrying Latonya Bell, 42, and her daughter, Havana Pipkins, 8, both from Cleveland, Ohio, plunged into the water. The Braxton County Sheriff’s Office said Bell’s vehicle accelerated before the crash, and the mother and daughter died as the result of a murder-suicide. Across social media, both nationally and locally, Forbush is being remembered for his sacrifice in the line of duty. “John Dean Forbush died trying to save a mother and child who were in a car that crashed into the Elk River in West, Virginia,” a Facebook post from VFC Strong, a reality-based TV show about volunteer firefighters.


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