Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, sports, opinion and more. The Bureau County Republican is published Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! With bcralerts, get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device or by e-mail.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Keep up with what's going on in your community by reading the bcrbriefs. This easy to read synopsis of today's news will be emailed directly to you Tuesday through Saturday at no charge. Sign up today!
Local

Princeton man dies in crash

DIXON — A Princeton man died Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle crashed on Palmyra and Sauk roads, according to a news release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene at 2:16 p.m. to find Kurt Garvin, 28, dead at the scene. According to the release, it appeared he went off a curve and lost control of the motorcycle, striking a guardrail. He was not wearing a helmet, the release said, adding it does not appear speed was a factor in the crash.

An autopsy is scheduled.

Garvin was a firefighter and EMT with the Princeton Fire Department.

On Monday, Princeton Fire Chief Chuck Woolley said Garvin was a very dedicated person, very likable, a person who had found his place in life with the fire department.

“That’s one of the things that was in his heart, being a firefighter. He was meant to help people,” Woolley said.

Garvin had worked part-time for the Princeton Fire Department for the last eight years. He was a firefighter/EMT and was currently taking his paramedic class, which is the highest level of EMT, Woolley said.

Firefighting is a profession that a person just doesn’t go to school for and then go out and do it, Woolley said. It takes a person of courage and dedication to be a firefighter, and that would describe Garvin. He was willing to be that person, the fire chief said.

“Kurt was an excellent employee, a good friend and will be sorely missed,” Woolley said.

In honor of Garvin, the Princeton Fire Department has draped a memorial bunting across the department monument in the front of the fire station, as is tradition for fallen fire service people, Woolley said. Also, a remembrance flag will be flown at the fire station through the time of the funeral services for Garvin.

Garvin was also a volunteer assistant soccer coach at Princeton High School.

BCR reporter Donna Barker assisted with this article.

Comment on this story at www.bcrnews.com.

Loading more