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    Exclamation Police Officer/FireFighter Nathan Burnfield LODD

    Police Officer/FireFighter Nathan Burnfield LODD

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    Police Officer Killed In Freak I-70 Accident Remembered
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 updated: 6:18 pm EST November 5, 2008

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. -- A South Strabane police officer and a truck driver died in a crash on Interstate 70 in Washington County on Tuesday morning.

    Police said Nathaniel Burnfield, 27, of Washington, and two other officers were returning from a training class when they found a tire blocking a lane of Interstate 70.

    Burnfield got out of the cruiser to remove the tire, and as he walked back to his car, a dump truck driven by Ronald Kennedy, of Connellsville, accidentally struck him.

    Kennedy, 44, swerved his dump truck to avoid the tire, but the truck flipped over and crashed.

    The Washington County coroner said Burnfield and Kennedy died at the scene.

    Police have determined that the crash was accidental. The crash shut down I-70 westbound Tuesday afternoon before being cleared.

    Friends of Burnfield, a four-year veteran of the South Strabane Police Department, said he devoted his life to helping others, and the only comfort they have today is knowing he died doing what he loved.

    "He lived to be a police officer," said Chief Donald Zofchak of the South Strabane Police Department. "When he joined here four years ago, probably the happiest day of his life."

    Burnfield was also a lieutenant with the Canton Township Volunteer Fire Company, where on Wednesday, fellow comrades put black flags on their trucks.

    "It's tough," said Fire Chief Dave Gump. "We're used to helping people and to put the shoe on the other foot, it's kind of hard to deal with."

    A memorial is set up in the lobby of the South Strabane Police Station, where Burnfield's fire uniform, police hat and holster are on display.

    Burnfield is the first police officer to die in the line of duty in the 15-member department.

    Funeral Arrangements Made For Local Officer
    SOUTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) ― A local police department continues to try and cope with the loss of one of their officers after he was stuck and killed by a truck on the local highway.

    South Strabane Police Officer Nathaniel Burnfield, 27, was struck by a dump truck on Interstate 70 Tuesday afternoon while trying to move a tire off of the road.

    The driver of that vehicle, 44-year-old Ronald Kennedy was also killed.

    People who knew Officer Burnfield say he died looking out for the well-being of others as he always did.

    "To try to move something off the road that could possibly hurt someone else, that's Nate, that's what he did," said Mayor Mark Pacilla, of East Washington.

    Now, his friends and family are preparing for to say their final goodbyes.

    "Nate was dedicated to public service, we're going to miss him," said South Strabane Police Chief Don Zofchak.

    Funeral Arrangements:

    Visitation:
    Saturday, November 8th
    2 to 4 p.m.
    7 to 9 p.m.
    At 6:60p.m., a firefighters service will be held in the funeral home.

    Sunday, November 9th
    2 to 4 p.m.
    7 to 9 p.m.
    At 6:30 p.m., an FOP police service will be held in the funeral home.

    Location: William G Neal Funeral Home located at 925 Allison Avenue in Washington, Pa 15301

    Church Service Held On Monday:
    --Location: Immaculate Conception Church - located at 135 West Chestnut Street - (downtown Washington, Pa)
    --9:30 a.m. church services
    --Immediately following the church will be a funeral procession. From Immaculate Conception Church - through downtown Washington - to the Washington Cemetery thru downtown Washington located at 498 Park Avenue.


    Burnfield was also a volunteer firefighter in Canton Township and a part-time officer in East Washington.
    Last edited by FireRescue5270; 11-06-2008 at 06:58 PM.

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