'A hero to us': Hundreds honor Greensboro firefighter who died in fiery car crash

  • Source: Greensboro News & Record - Metered Site
  • Published: 07/31/2022 04:30 PM

PHOTOS: Area firefighters and law enforcement officers came together Sunday to honor one of their own. Only Richard “Rick” Murrell didn’t die in the line of duty. It was a car crash in Browns Summit that claimed the life of the beloved father and firefighter. The tragedy happened weeks ago, but is still fresh in the hearts and minds of many. Murrell, 58, a Reidsville native and 32-year veteran of the Greensboro Fire Department, was driving a Jeep Cherokee south on N.C. 61 during an afternoon rainstorm weeks ago when he and wife Tonya were struck head on by another car. Driving too fast for the wet conditions, 16-year-old Alexio Lattero of Gibsonville had lost control of his 2012 Dodge Charger. The Charger caught fire, trapping a 15-year-old passenger and Lattero’s 26-year-old sister. Both died at the scene.


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