- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

ALTON, Mo. (AP) - A volunteer fire chief who also worked as a police officer in south-central Missouri has died in a crash on his way to a fire.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says 45-year-old Eddie Johnson, of Alton, was killed just before noon Monday on U.S. 160 west of Alton, in Oregon County. The patrol says Johnson’s SUV went off the road, hit a driveway and overturned. Johnson was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown out.

KYTV reports (https://bit.ly/1FtoLcv ) Johnson was a full-time Alton police officer and an Oregon County reserve deputy. He had been chief of Alton’s volunteer fire department since 2010.

The Alton department and others were responding to a house fire. The home was destroyed.

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Information from: KYTV-TV, https://www.ky3.com

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