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Springfield Firefighter Killed in Car Accident

cottage st. axSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A 23-year-old Springfield firefighter was the victim of a deadly car accident overnight.

Sgt. John Delaney, aide to Police Commissioner William Fitchet, said 23-year-old Kenneth Murray, of Springfield, who is the son of a police sergeant, was killed after crashing his car into a pole at the intersection of Cottage St. and Brookdale Drive around 3:18 a.m. Sunday.

He was taken to Baystate Medical Center and prounounced dead a short time later.

The accident reconstruction team was called to the scene, and a section of Cottage Street was shut down into early Sunday afternoon.

A preliminary investigation cites excessive speeding as the cause of the accident.

The accident is still under investigation.


  • ObsoleteRealism

    I was here shortly after the accident happened within a minute I’d say, I don’t know why it happened all I know I did everything I could, but it would seem my attempts were pointless.

    I was trying to talk to him to hopefully keep him concious. He was trying to move and speak to me as I spoke to him, but he was unable to. When the police & the EMT’s showed up, he had already passed on.

    I’ve seen people in their deathbeds, I have seen people after they passed on, but this man was the first (and hopefully the last) person who has ever passed on in front of me.

    I looked up a prayer on Google for the recently deceased, as I sat there in tears, I read aloud the prayer.

    No matter the cause or reason, whether he is a saint or sinner… may he now rest in peace. My heart and prayers are with him, his family, and his friends.

    God bless!

    -Rob

    • greeneyesinspring

      Rob….I am Kenny’s mom and would like to thank you for taking care of my son in his last minutes. Your message shows you care and it has been something I have held onto over these last months. IF we never have the chance to talk Bless you….and He was the most wonderful son, brother and friend you can ever have….thank you again. Kenny would want to you to know that. We miss him so.

  • Emar1970

    Wow my prayers go out to the victim and to you Rob God put you there to help him go in peace

  • ObsoleteRealism

    I think the biggest thing for me is my hope that at the very least, he knew in the end… he wasn’t alone.

    I overheard a conversation (can’t verify true/false) but apparently the guy was a fireman that was injured in a recent fire that was in the news. Again this was an overheard conversation between 2 police officers… at this point I’m not sure if it’s true or not.

    • FirefighterWife

      He was a firefighter in Spfld injured in the Explosion 11/23, just 1 yr 11 months and 23 days after starting at the dept. That day changed the lives of many of the firefighters, police and others at that scene. Our hearts ache for him (the pain he endured the last 2 months),and now for his mom and family and friends. He was loved. Life can be too short. End your disagreements. Love your life and the ones in it.

  • krystaltom

    God bless that man, and God bless you Rob. Rob, you did the right thing, and there was nothing more you could do because the Lord was calling him home..

  • shawnm2

    God Bless Rob & the same for that poor person.

  • shanirv

    U were there for a reason Rob. Even if it was just so he could hear a friendly voice b4 he left.I was 16 when I was in a car & happend upon an accident as it had just happend.I was the only 1 to jump out and try to help the man. I checked his pulse and spoke to him that help was on the way. I didn’t want to try to lift him even though he was hanging out of his passenger window afraid he may have a broken neck or back but as I heard him gasping for breath I begged the people there to help me. He passed away rite there & I felt helpless. Then I learned it was a friend of mines father. He & his family thanked me so much for trying. Then 2010 I watched my 36yo husband die while I told him I luved him & to pls hold on dont leave me. He held on till the 1st cop arrived & even though he brought a defibrillator my husband passed. Being a health care worker I was crushed. All I had learned & I could do nothing! U were there u spoke to him, sometimes that has to b enuff. Take care of yourself. U r a hero for even trying to save a life!

  • justmyopinion

    Ken was a fantastic guy and were all grateful for the kindness you showed him as he past. Thank you

  • Bynner

    I know his father and I am sure his family will find some comfort in knowing he was not alone… condolences to the Murray family.