Community gathers for funeral of fallen firefighter Paul Quattlebaum, killed in line of duty

Community gathers for funeral of fallen firefighter Paul Quattlebaum, killed in line of duty
Lexington County Fire Service Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum (Source: Lexington County Fire Services)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The community is gathering Tuesday night for the funeral of fallen firefighter Paul Quattlebaum.

The Lexington County firefighter was killed in the line of duty Friday. He was hit by a semi while trying to help people involved in a crash on Fairview Road, police said.

Quattlebaum, a native of Batesburg-Leesville, served the Lexington County Fire Service for 22 years and was most recently based out of Station 27, fire officials said.

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He began as a volunteer firefighter in 1997 before being brought on full-time in 2000. Quattlebaum was promoted to fire engineer in 2002 and served as a ride-up captain from October 2017 to March 2018.

Prior to serving with LCFS, Quattlebaum was a lance corporal with the United States Marine Corps. He served as a field radio operator from 1992 to 1994 before receiving a medical discharge due to injury.

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