Stanly County volunteer firefighter killed during on-duty crash

STANLY COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Stanly County volunteer firefighter was killed in a wreck while in the line of duty Sunday evening.

According to the East Side Volunteer Fire Department, Dakota Snavely was killed in a wreck after leaving a friend's house near Oakboro. He was headed to Morrow Mountain State Park to respond to a water rescue, officials said.

Crews posted about the tragic incident Monday morning around 6 a.m. His death was confirmed Sunday evening.

Fire Chief William A. Efird released this statement Monday:

"Again, please say a prayer for this family, his fire family, and this community."

Snavely died one week before his 18th birthday.

"Firefighter Snavely served the department for three years and was a dedicated volunteer during his time with the fire department," Jackie Gilmore with the Charlotte Fire Department said.

There's no word on what caused the wreck.

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