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Roadside memorial set for fallen firefighter

Firefighters with the Newton County Fire Service erected a roadside memorial Sunday for Firefighter Brad Eavenson. The 31-year-old Eavenson died as a result of a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Dixie Road early Friday morning. (Staff Photo: Alice Queen)

Firefighters with the Newton County Fire Service erected a roadside memorial Sunday for Firefighter Brad Eavenson. The 31-year-old Eavenson died as a result of a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Dixie Road early Friday morning. (Staff Photo: Alice Queen)

COVINGTON — A roadside memorial for Newton County Firefighter Brad Eavenson has been set up at the site where the 31-year-old man died in a one-vehicle crash Friday.

Eavenson, who not only served as a firefighter with the Newton County Fire Service but also with the Barrow County Emergency Services and in his hometown of Elberton, was killed Friday in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 278 at Dixie Road.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the 2004 Dodge 2500 pickup truck driven by Eavenson was traveling eastbound on U.S. 278 around 1:30 a.m. when he left the roadway, 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.

Eavenson had been working through the ice storm and had gotten off his shift a few hours before the accident, according to Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien.

“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.”

Funeral services for Eavenson were held Monday at the First Baptist Church in Elberton.