|Accident claims Obion fire chief |
|Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 10:00 pm |
Obion residents are mourning the loss of a community leader who died in a traffic accident Sunday.
Obion Fire Chief Donald Bloxom Jr., 43, died after his motorcycle and a vehicle collided about 2 p.m. Sunday in Obion.
He had served as Obion’s fire chief since August 2012 and had been a volunteer firefighter with the Obion Volunteer Fire Department since 1988, serving as captain for several years. He was also a member of the Obion County Rescue Squad and was a first responder.
The two-vehicle accident involving Bloxom occurred at Palestine Avenue and 13th Street in Obion, according to Obion Police Chief Royce Aker.
The accident was still under investigation today and Aker told The Messenger this morning that the investigating officer has not yet completed his report of the accident. Aker did not have any details, but he confirmed Bloxom was driving a motorcycle and the other vehicle involved was a truck. He said Bloxom was the only fatality.
Funeral arrangements for Bloxom will be announced by Cryer Funeral Home in Obion.
Bloxom, also known by the nicknames “Don Don” and “Poodle,” had also been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred in October 2009 on Bluff Road in rural Obion County when a vehicle entered his path.
His death Sunday is the second traffic fatality this year in Obion County. The first occurred earlier this month as the result of an accident in the Troy city limits.
Published in The Messenger 2.25.13