Firefighter dies from wreck injuries

Fire trucks line up at People's Funeral Home after escorting Billy Six Monday.
Fire trucks line up at People's Funeral Home after escorting Billy Six Monday.

 Billy Six was the second local firefighter to die in a motorcycle crash this year.

Hallsboro firefighter Billy Six Saturday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash Sept. 1, becoming the second local firefighter killed in a bike wreck this year.

Six crashed on Hallsboro Road North around 6:31 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Highway Patrol. He was traveling north on Hallsboro Road when a southbound automobile turned into his path onto State Road 1713, according to the Highway Patrol. Six crashed his 2007 Yamaha while attempting to avoid colliding with a vehicle that turned in front of him. 

Friends, family and fellow firefighters escorted the Lake Waccamaw ambulance carrying Six from Wilmington through Hallsboro to the funeral home.

The Farmer’s Union resident was transported to New Hanover Regional. Family members said he was removed from life support and passed away on Saturday. 
Six was a dedicated member of Hallsboro Fire Department, Station 16, and was often the first volunteer on scene. He also helped clean and maintain the community cemetery in Farmers Union where he will be laid to rest.

Six was the second local first responder to die in a motorcycle wreck this year. Whiteville engineer Michael Stanley was hospitalized for days after a bike wreck in Brunswick County in May. He later died of his injuries. 

The crash is under investigation.

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