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Decatur man killed in firetruck crash on I-10
Victim was returning vehicle to Alabama from Florida

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

A Decatur man died when the firetruck he was driving crashed into a tree near Tallahassee on Thursday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Gary John Sherrill, 27, was driving west on Interstate 10 near Greenville, Fla., about 30 miles east of Tallahassee, when the firetruck left the roadway and went into the tree-lined median at 5:26 p.m. CST, totaling the $700,000 vehicle, said a highway patrol supervisor.

Sherrill, the vehicle's sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

Sherrill, a firetruck salesman with Decatur-based North American Fire Equipment Co., was driving the truck back to Decatur after showing it near Tallahassee, said NAFECO Vice President Ronald Woodall.

Sherrill worked for NAFECO for over 10 years.

"He was a valued employee who was well-respected by both the NAFECO family and members of the fire service community. His friendship, loyalty and service will be greatly missed by many," NAFECO officials said in a statement issued Friday.

"He was just a great person that loved his family and all people that he became involved with," Woodall said.

NAFECO asked for continued prayers "for all who are grieving the loss of this outstanding young man."

Sherrill is survived by his father, Gary Ward Sherrill of Decatur, and his mother, Sherry Griffin of Birmingham.

Ridout's Brown-Service Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

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