- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A Vicksburg Fire Department paramedic was killed New Year’s Day in a twovehicle accident near his home in Franklin Parish, Louisiana.

Louisiana State Police spokesman Trooper Michael Reichardt told The Vicksburg Post (https://bit.ly/14pgtVm ) that 46-year-old Drue Randolph of Delhi, Louisiana, was killed when his car collided with a pickup truck on Louisiana Highway Louisiana 17 about four miles south of Delhi.

The driver of the truck has not been identified. Reichardt said the 16-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The accident remains under investigation, he said.

Franklin Parish Deputy Coroner Janice Posey said Randolph was pronounced dead at the scene. She said an autopsy was ordered.

Vicksburg Fire Chief Charles Atkins said Randolph, who had been with the fire department for 25 years. Atkins said Randolph planned to retire in Jan. 15.

Atkins said Randolph started as a firefighter and advanced through the ranks of the department.

“He was a good fellow,” he said, “He did his job very quietly.”

Although his address was listed as Delhi, Posey said Randolph lived in Franklin Parish. She described him as “a wonderful guy. He was in our first paramedics’ class at Northeast Louisiana Ambulance. He was one of my favorites.”

She said he joined Northeast Louisiana Ambulance in 2003 and worked part-time on his days off.

“He was very laid back and got along with everybody, he was very good with the patients,” she said. “Everyone liked him. This is very sad.”

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com

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