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