Newton Co. firefighter dies in wreck

Newton County Firefighter Brad Eavenson

Newton County Firefighter Brad Eavenson

COVINGTON — A Newton County firefighter who had been working through the winter ice storm was killed early Friday morning in a one-vehicle accident.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the 2004 Dodge 2500 pickup truck driven by 31-year-old Bradley Eavenson was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 278 at Dixie Road around 1:30 a.m. when he left the roadway onto the right shoulder, traveled down an embankment, and struck a rock wall. The GSP stated that Eavenson was not wearing a seat belt. Weather does not appear to be a factor in the wreck, according to the GSP.

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien said the Newton County Fire Service is saddened by Eavenson’s death. He said Eavenson had been working throughout the storm and had gotten off duty at 5 p.m. Thursday. Because he lived in Elberton and was scheduled to report back to work Friday morning, Eavenson was staying at the Fire Station on Harris Springs Road.

O’Brien said Eavenson was an asset not only to the Newton County Fire Service, but to several agencies across the state.

“Brad was an energetic and aggressive firefighter,” O’Brien said Friday.

He said that Eavenson was expert in technical rescue training and trained other agencies across the state in the use of ropes and knots, for instance.

Eavenson joined the Newton County Fire Service in 2007, the same year O’Brien joined the force. Eavenson had been a firefighter in Barrow County and in Elberton for several years as well.

“He was always one for a cup of coffee and a good laugh,” O’Brien said. “This is a loss not only to his family, but our (NCFS) family and many departments across the state.”