- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A veteran Columbus firefighter was killed Wednesday night when the car he was driving lost control on a rural road in Union County.

Herman Tidwell, 48, of Pickerington, was driving in the 22000 block of Bear swamp Road northwest of Marysville near the village of Raymond just before 8 p.m. when he went left of center, struck a ditch and rolled several times, ejecting Tidwell, who likely was not wearing a seatbelt, said Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton.

Tidwell was taken to Marysville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Union County Coroner has ordered an autopsy to be performed by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.

Tidwell was assigned to Station 14 on the South Side. He had been with the division for 23 years, said Fire Battalion Chief Tracy Smith.

He had been on sick leave for a work-related injury. Details were not available.

Several years ago, Tidwell fell through the floor of a burning building.

“He is a decorated firefighter and has been an absolute asset to the department,” said Smith.

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