Procession, funeral set for volunteer firefighter killed in Rowan County crash

Procession, funeral set for volunteer firefighter killed in Rowan County crash
The fire department said Michael Goodnight has been a firefighter for two years as well as a loving father and husband. (Provided by West Liberty Fire Department)
The fire department said Michael Goodnight has been a firefighter for two years as well as a loving father and husband. (Provided by West Liberty Fire Department)

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The funeral service for a volunteer firefighter who died in a car wreck while responding to a call on Wednesday, will take place Monday morning.

The funeral for fallen firefighter Michael Goodnight, 55, will take place at the West Liberty Fire Station No. 59 on South Matthews Church Road.

The public viewing will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. service at the fire station.

Goodnight was killed in a crash on Fourth of July shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Gold Knob Road. Highway Patrol says the firefighter was in a pickup truck and responding to an accident call when he crashed into a Ford Mustang. Two women were in the Mustang heading to a cookout in memory of one of the women's father.

The Mustang was apparently turning left into a driveway when Goodnight  reportedly crossed the double-yellow lines on Gold Knob Road in an attempt to pass the Mustang in a No Passing Zone. That's when troopers say Goodnight's truck hit the Mustang and overturned.

Two women had to be extricated from the Mustang and were airlifted to the hospital in unknown condition.

Goodnight was pronounced dead at the scene, according to NC Highway Patrol. Officials say he was not wearing a seat belt during the crash.

He was a member of the West Liberty Volunteer Fire Department. The fire chief said Goodnight was a reliable worker and a dedicated member of the community.

The fire department released a statement Wednesday night.

With a heavy heart Chief, Darrin Trexler has officially announced the passing of West Liberty Volunteer Firefighter Michael Goodnight. Firefighter Goodnight has been a firefighter for two years as well as a loving father and husband. Chief Trexler would like to send his thoughts and prayers to the Goodnight family as well as to the family of those involved. The members of West Liberty are also grieving at this time, and the department asks that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers and that you respect the Goodnight family and members of the department.

Following the funeral, the procession will leave the fire station on Stokes Ferry Road, turn left onto South Jake Alexander Boulevard, continue on U.S. 601, then make a left turn to Rowan Memorial Park.

The interment at the cemetery will also be open to the public, officials said.

Related: Family of fallen firefighter talks about his dedication to helping others

A veteran of the Marine Corps, Goodnight is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and three stepdaughters.

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