Georgia Man Hit By Firetruck, Killed Along U.S. Highway 501

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- A Georgia man returning home with his father stepped in front of a fire truck traveling along U.S. Highway 501 after an argument with his dad, authorities said.

Charles Shirey, 29, of Augusta, Ga., jumped in front of the fire engine Monday about 8:45 p.m. after his father pulled his vehicle off the highway near Aynor, Horry County authorities said. Shirey first stepped in front of a sport utility vehicle, which swerved and missed him.

Three firefighters were on the engine when it hit the man.

``Public safety officials are trained to save and protect lives,'' Horry County Fire Chief Garry Alderman said. ``When an incident of this nature occurs, it is very emotional on all parties.''

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