Tragedy struck the Braxton County emergency services community Sunday afternoon when a Gassaway firefighter lost his life while trying to rescue a mother and her child from an automobile that had plunged into the Elk River.
The call came into Braxton Control at approximately 2:30, May 1 that a car had went into the Elk River near the Senior Center between Gassaway and Sutton. John Dean Forbush, a GVFD member, was at his place of business on Route 4 just north of the accident. Forbush, 24, attempted to enter the river from Route 4 to rescue . . .
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