Volunteer firefighter killed in crash

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March 31, 2013 6:27:03 AM PDT
A volunteer firefighter was killed in a single-car accident in Hoke County Friday night, according to Highway Patrol.

Troopers said 22-year-old Sarah Stonesifer, of Aberdeen was traveling eastbound on Stubby Oaks Road when she ran off the road. Her car hit a fence post and flipped. Stonesifer was ejected from the vehicle.

Stonesifer was a veterinary assistant in West End, N.C. and also worked as a volunteer firefighter for Pine Hill Fire Department in Aberdeen. Coworkers said she was on her way to the station to meet up with her crew for dinner when the crash happened.

"She was going to meet right here. She went home and didn't quite make it back," said Pine Hill Fire Chief Tommy Nelson.

Her boyfriend was also a volunteer firefighter with the department and was one of the first responders.

Authorities said Stonesifer was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. They do not suspect alcohol was a factor.

A flag outside the Pine Hill Fire Department flew at half staff. The Fire Chief says during this ordeal, a neighboring fire department will be covering the department duties to give volunteers some time to cope with the lose of this young life.

A memorial service is set for Tuesday morning at the Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines.

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