Firefighter killed in crash with train remembered

They say he would do anything he could to help others. On Friday night, firefighters shared memories of one of their own killed in a tragic crash.

Investigators say Chris Kerns died when a train hit his truck near State Highway 1004 in Rockcastle County this morning. Kerns was a Berea firefighter and worked part time for the Mount Vernon Fire Department.

Lieutenant Jake Lake says they talked about their plans for the beautiful day ahead. But it was a day that would soon be overcome by a tragedy no one would expect.

"You know in our line of work, we always see people at their worst, worst time of their day. Today is ours."

Lt. Lake worked side by side with Kerns, watching him grow into a firefighter he says everyone liked, and wanted to be like.

"Do anything you'd ask for. Never had to make him do anything, he was always eager to help, here to do the job. Happy to work, felt good about it."

And now, the firefighters at this house, along with their brothers at Berea's other stations, are left to grieve the loss, something they've never had to do for an active fireman.

"We're all close knit, we know each other, you know? It's just, empty."

The first Saturday of each month, a country breakfast is held at the volunteer fire house on melody lane in Berea. This Saturday, that same breakfast will happen from 8-10 with all the proceeds going to the Kerns family.


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