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Firefighter dies after ATV wreck

Posted December 4, 2008
Updated December 5, 2008

— A Raleigh firefighter died Thursday from injuries suffered in a Tuesday wreck involving an all-terrain vehicle.

Andrew Johnson was in the neurological intensive care unit of WakeMed with a severe head injury for more than a day before he was taken off life support, authorities said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Johnson was a full-time firefighter with the Raleigh Fire Department and a volunteer with the Archer's Lodge Volunteer Fire Department in Johnston County.

The wreck occurred at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday on Buffaloe Road in the Archer's Lodge community. Johnson and another firefighter were riding an ATV and collided with a car, authorities said.

Kirby Turner, who works full-time with the Rocky Mount Fire Department in addition to serving in the Archer's Lodge department, was treated at WakeMed and released.

Both men were off duty when the wreck occurred.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating the case.


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  • nealsgirl Dec 5, 2008

    RIP: AJ, prayers for his family and friends.

  • familyfour Dec 5, 2008

    It is a sad loss for all, to lose someone like him.

    I hate hearing about atv accidents. They're NEVER accidents! Usually, can be avoided, if the proper precautions are taken. ATV's are fun, but very, very dangerous. Wear a helmet, stay off the roads, and dont let your kids drive them alone!

    My thoughts and prayers are for his family, and community.

  • dogsrule12cheek Dec 5, 2008

    I am so sorry to hear this bad news.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and frineds and the person who hit them.

    God Bless

  • mklocklear Dec 5, 2008

    This is such a tragedy for Mr. Johnson's family and the communities he served. My prayers are with his family and friends. May you rest in peace.

  • WolfPackChaser Dec 5, 2008

    bluedogs1 -

    My favorite scripture.....Try to live my life by it!
    This will be my message to my family and friends when I go Home.

    Thanks Mr. Johnson for your service and to his parents, for your son.

  • schoonie79 Dec 5, 2008

    AJ was full of life and energy. He would want us to celebrate his life. We must stand together as one strong force to help his wife and family. AJ we love you so much and ALFD will not be the same without you. RIP AJ. I hope to see you again someday. Please watch over us, give us the strength we need to get through this and to carry on.

  • raleighfire882 Dec 5, 2008

    Thanks for the giving of your time and help in the "2 Days" in the Academy. I couldn't have done it without ya. You will be missed by all at the RFD. Thanks for the memories and laughs...RIP Brother...till we meet again...


  • Historian snuck back in Dec 5, 2008

    Thank you for your service to our communities my friend!!!

    Godspeed Andrew...

  • Deb1003 Dec 5, 2008

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson family. He served his community and family well.

  • wwwalker Dec 5, 2008

    davidgnews, I agree. The only good that can come from a situation like this would be from raising awareness of the dangers of ATV's. I love riding them and they are fun and can be very safe.

    Wear a helmet.