DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Firefighters are remembering one of their own who died in an early-morning wreck in Dorchester County on Tuesday.
Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet identified the driver as 23-year-old Ross T. Reeves, a member of the Summerville Fire Department and Fire Chief at Cattle Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
South Carolina Highway Patrol officials said Reeves was driving his F-150 pickup on Wire Road around 12:30 a.m. when he ran off the road and hit an embankment and several trees before flipping.
Reeves was a well-known and well-liked member of Summerville Fire and Rescue, who joined the department last year. At the department, the flag flew at half staff. Firefighters wore badges of mourning, shared stories about Reeves and the last shift they had with him.
"It was a great shift the entire time, chit chatting about things, telling jokes, laughing really hard. He talked about his girlfriend. He talked about his family. He talked about his department. He had great respect for all of them," firefighter David Fuseler said.
Reeves is from an area outside of Saint George. He volunteered as the chief at the Cattle Creek Department in Dorchester County and worked full-time with Summerville Fire and Rescue at the Trolley Road station.
"Around the station he was top notch, just a go getter. Any task you gave Ross it was done to a 'T,'" Chief Richard Waring said.
Colleagues say Reeves came from a firefighter family and always knew he wanted to be a firefighter from a young age.
"Both of us worked together. We had good times together. We were on one of the trucks together for a period of time. I'm going to miss him," firefighter Chris Berry said.
Highway Patrol says Reeves was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. They say no other people or cars were involved. State troopers are still looking for what exactly caused Reeves to lose control.