A 21-year-old volunteer firefighter, Natalie N. Dempsey died on Christmas Day in New Jersey, U.S., after her car crashed while she was on her way to work.
According to police, Dempsey was driving her black 2001 Honda Accord in Hamilton Township around 6:20 a.m. when she lost control and crashed into a guardrail.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company announced Dempsey’s death on Facebook and saying she was the vice president of the South Jersey volunteer fire squad.
“At this time the Mizpah Fire Company has to announce the passing of Firefighter/Vice President Natalie Dempsey.
“Please keep her family in your prayers.
“We will keep you all updated on any funeral arrangements. This will be a funeral with full honors due to it being a line of duty passing,” the company said in the post.
Chief Jay Davenport told NJ.com he and a few other volunteer firefighters responded to the fire call and were heading back to the station when they stopped to help officers at the scene of the car crash.
He said it “smashed” his heart when he realised Dempsey was the one killed in the accident.
“She was one of the most beautiful-souled people you could imagine,” he told NJ.com “The world was lollypops and rainbows for that girl. Her smile can light up the room.”
Dempsey, who worked as a firefighter for three years recently passed her Firefighter 1 certification. She reportedly aspired to be a police officer.