Columbus firefighter killed in fiery crash

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RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  With their badges blacked out and the flag at half staff, firefighters at Station 6 off Brown Avenue in Columbus paid tribute Monday to a man they risked their lives beside.

Forty-year-old Captain Robert Floyd was killed in Russell County Sunday night when his car left the road, hit several trees and burst into flames.

"In the way we work, our environment, we're a family here as we work together and today to come in and find out that we lost our captain in a tragic, unexpected event like this has been tough on all of us. The sense of loss hasn't really set in as we go through our daily routine and think about things where he would have been, the grieving process continues for us as his extended family," said Sergeant Daniel Hord.

The single car accident happened not far from where Floyd lived in Russell County off Highway 165, at the intersection of County Road 24 (Tarver Road) and Avalon Circle.

Alabama State Troopers think speed may have played a factor in the crash. They tell News Leader 9 they're also waiting on toxicology reports.

Captain Floyd served 18 years in the Columbus Fire and EMS Department, fighting hundreds of fires across the city and setting an example his coworkers will strive to emulate.

"His heart was huge and he'd do anything for anyone. That includes the citizens here and we'll do everything we can to carry on his legacy for that work ethic on a fire scene and do anything we can to honor him while we're out there every time we get on the trucks," Sergeant Hord added.

Station 6 firefighters say they're working with Captain Floyd's family to set up a permanent memorial at the fire station in his honor.

Funeral services for Captain Floyd will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Striffler-Hamby Mortuary on Macon Road in Columbus.  Columbus Fire and EMS will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.

A memorial service for Floyd has been scheduled for Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the same funeral home.

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