Miss. Firefighter Killed in Crash Was Belted

A Becker-Athens firefighter killed in a wreck while responding to a fire call in his community was wearing a seat belt.

A follow-up investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office determined that Jacob Anthony Carter, 18, was belted when the crash occurred, Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley told Firehouse.com on Friday.

Originally, officials said Carter, a firefighter for less than a year, was not wearing a seat belt when his 2002 Ford Explorer ran off the road, overturned and struck a tree.

The volunteer with the Becker-Athens Vol. Fire Department crashed while responding to a call just before noon. He was pronounced dead about 2 p.m., reports indicated.

Gurley said that during the crash investigation follow-up, sheriff's deputies located someone who saw Carter was belted.