Firefighter Chelsea Lyn Garvin, of South Baldwin, Alabama, Search and Rescue, died on December 15 of injuries she received in a crash between her departmentís rescue boat and a civilian craft five days earlier. Two other members of the department were injured in the crash.
The 10-foot rescue boat had just finished escorting an annual Christmas boat parade held on the Fish River, and was returning to the launch site when the two boats collided almost head-on. Garvin was flown by LifeFlight to the University of South Alabama Medical Center, where she died on Thursday afternoon.
Garvin, who had been a volunteer with the department for about a year, was 19 , and had graduated from Fairhope High School this past spring. Her memorial service was held on Saturday, December 17.
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