Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Co remembers promising volunteer

Brittany Byington, 19, remembered for compassion

A young emergency medical technician is dead after a crash on the Eastern Shore.

Black bunting drapes the fire house in Sudlersville, in memory of 19-year-old Brittany Byington, an EMT from the fire company who lost control of her truck and died in a crash Wednesday morning.

“Although she was a relatively new member, her pleasant smile and her caring disposition will be missed," said Michael Faust, president of the fire company.

Wednesday morning, roads in Queen Anne's County were slick from a fast-moving snow-storm, and investigators say it does appear that weather was a factor in the crash.

“It's very hard to stop whenever there's a weather related factor involved with that. So at any speed it could be a contributing factor to any crash,” said Sheriff Gary Hofmann of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department.

Byington's truck was headed West on Grange Hall Road near Route 213 when she lost control and began skidding sideways.  A tractor-trailer slammed into the driver’s side.  She was thrown from the truck and died at the scene.

“Something like this can happen in a matter of seconds,” Sheriff Hofmann said.

Sudlersville is more than 20 miles away from the crash scene; so other fire companies responded.  But they still realized that the victim in this crash was of their own.

“They recognize a tag on a vehicle, they recognize an emblem on the shirt so whether it's our company or the company next to us we're all still a family,” said Chief Francis Kinnamon of the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company

Byington had recently completed her training as an emergency medical technician, and she had begun training to be a nurse.

“Part of being a volunteer with any fire company, especially in a small community like this, a lot of the time you have to respond and you know the people you were going out to help, are trying to help. And it can be a challenge,” Faust said.

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