STANLY COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A 17-year-old firefighter was killed in a wreck this weekend while en route to a water rescue, according to the East Side Volunteer Fire Department.
The fire department in Albemarle said on social media that firefighter 17-year-old Dakota Snavely had been dispatched Sunday night to a water rescue at Morrow Mountain State Park when the crash occurred.
Snavely had been at a friend's house in Oakboro when the call came in.
A truck hauling chickens reportedly lost control on Highway 205 just outside Oakboro, and the young firefighter was killed when his vehicle hit the truck, according to NC State Highway Patrol.
The crash remains under investigation.
"Please say a prayer for this family, his fire family, and this community," Chief Efird wrote on East Side Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page.
The victim's father was also a firefighter with the department.
On Monday night, the department, firefighters from other counties and people from the community gathered at the East Side Volunteer Fire Department to mourn together.
"This family is strong. We are strong. And this community is going to work together to get through this," said a firefighter from another department.
Officials told Fox 46 Charlotte that the funeral will most likely be held this weekend.