NICHOLAS COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Kenton Holbrook, a firefighter at the Nicholas County Fire Department, says he was working early Saturday morning when his cousin, who was also a firefighter, was killed in a crash on U.S. 68.
"The closer I got, I never passed an ambulance. When I got there I started walking up and I saw the look on one of the paramedic's face and he shook his head. I knew right then, I felt an emptiness. There is no way to describe it," said Holbrook.
State police tell us Aaron Capps, 20, Whitney Morris, 21, and Kyla Haire, 20, died when their truck lost control and crashed into a tree.
Capps volunteered at the Nicholas County Fire Department for a year and a half. During that time the 22 firefighters he worked with say they came to think of him as a brother.
"He was friendly, he was just an awesome young man. I'll never forget him. He made an impact on everyone and made an impact on me," said Holbrook.
Holbrook believes the impact of the life well-lived, will live on.
We’re told he will say his final goodbye at Capps' funeral Saturday.
"I'm not ready for that but I guess it's what we have to do I reckon," he said.
Capps’ visitation is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Nicholas County High School. His funeral will be at the school Saturday at 11 a.m.