Falling tree kills New Hampshire volunteer firefighter

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Falling tree kills New Hampshire volunteer firefighter

A volunteer firefighter lost his life when high winds caused a tree to fall onto his pickup truck in Weare, New Hampshire, authorities confirmed.

Police said the victim, whose name was not disclosed, was driving south on Route 114 at around 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday this week when his truck was struck by the collapsing tree.

The 32-year man was a volunteer firefighter with the Lyndeborough Fire Department. He served the fire department for around eight years. Lyndeborough fire officials said it was a "tragic" day.

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Brian Smith, chief of the Lyndeborough Fire Department, said, "Today we lost a firefighter, friend, and a family member due to a freak accident. He was the type of guy that would do anything for anyone; he would always have stories to tell and got along with everyone he met."

Fire department officials expressed their heartfelt condolences to the victim's his wife, family and friends.

The deadly crash is still under investigation, but officials believe that strong winds caused the tree to collapse onto the victim's vehicle.

Meanwhile, a witness indentified as Lisa Phipps, claimed that she had complained to the town officials many times about the tree involved in the deadly incident because it was rotting and in danger of falling over, but officials didn't pay heed to her complaints.

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