Community honors Ladson firefighter killed in car crash

Community honors Ladson firefighter killed in car crash

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Family and friends said goodbye Friday to a 38-year-old Ladson firefighter who was killed in a car accident on Sunday night.

"He is going to be missed and he is going to be loved and we are so thankful for the outpouring and support that everyone has shown," Kelly Gaskins, a close friend of Randy Fallaw, said.

Close friends of Randy Fallaw are still coming to grips with his death.

Anderson County Dep. Coroner Charlie Boseman said Fallaw died shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday in a single-vehicle crash. Officials say he was driving north on Interstate 85 in Anderson County when he swerved to miss another accident, drove off the road and hit a tree. Fallaw was wearing a seat belt.

"The hard thing about this and the most difficult thing about this is that it was so unexpected and so tragic. No one saw this coming. Randy didn't see it coming," Gaskins said.

On Friday, the community came together to honor Randy's legacy as a beloved fireman, a best friend and a man who put others before himself.

"He was just fun and loving. He was a giving person. He would give the shirt off his back if somebody needed it. That was just Randy," said Joe Wincklhofer, Assistant Fire Chief with the Caromi Volunteer Fire Department.

"Randy would have done anything for anyone," Gaskins said.

Randy's fellow firemen carried his casket onto a fire truck for the procession to the cemetery. Randy was a member of the Caromi Volunteer Fire Department for six years.

"There are no words to say what it's like to lose a brother like this. We are just banding together as firemen do in a time like this," Wincklhofer said.

As Randy's brothers drove to the cemetery to lay him to rest, close friends say his legacy will always be remembered in the community.

"He had such an amazing, vibrant personality. He was one of the good ones. They don't make them like Randy anymore," Gaskins said.

"Whether it be three in the afternoon or three in the morning, Randy was there to help his community," Wincklhofer said.

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