Bolivar County firefighters stay busy plus train on new truck
by Rory Doyle
Apr 30, 2013 | 3749 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar County Volunteer Firefighters train on their new truck.
Bolivar County Volunteer Firefighters train on their new truck.
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It was another busy weekend for the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department as it responded to multiple fire and accident scenes.

The Sunflower County Volunteer Fire Department requested the BCVFD's assistance in a major accident around 9:45 p.m. on Friday on Miss. Highway 49 just south of Blaine.

BCVFD Chief Lee Tedder said a SUV collided with a tractor-trailer truck, claiming the lives of all four passengers of the SUV.

The driver of the truck, Michael J. Laws, 57, of Bishop, Ga., did not experience major injuries.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Ben Williams said the collision occurred when the driver of the SUV, Andrew Garcia, 21, of Pearl attempted to pass another vehicle at the last minute and swerved back into his lane and lost control.

SUV passengers Donald Campbell, 20, of Pearl, Trevor McKinley, 4, of Mize, and Jennifer McKinley, 18 of Mize, were also killed in the accident.

In incident the following night, a vacant house fire started around 9:50 p.m. on 1102 Lake St. in Shelby.

Tedder said he was unsure how the fire started and how extensive the damage was, but no one was injured. Shelby Volunteer Fire Department and Mound Bayou Fire Department also responded.

Around 9:20 a.m. Sunday, the BCVFD was requested at another accident scene on Old Highway 61 near Cleveland Public Works.

Tedder said two cars collided head on when one crossed the centerline. Both drivers were taken by EMS to Bolivar Medical Center.

The Jaws of Life was required to open the driver's side door of one of the vehicles. Tedder did not have access to the victim's names or current medical condition.

Around 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, the department held a planned training burn at a vacant home on McKnight Road east of U.S. Highway 61 in Renova.

The firefighters used the opportunity to work with its brand new E-ONE quint 78-foot aerial boom truck, which allows the department to spray fires from high up.

As the training was wrapping up, a fire began around 9 p.m. at an occupied mobile home on 416 Ashland Ave. in Gunnison.

Tedder said an electrical fire started in a bedroom and caused significant damage to the structure. No one was injured.

Three county units and the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Department were called to the incident.