Friends Honor Truck Driver Killed in 460 Petroleum Wreck - - ABC13

Friends Honor Truck Driver Killed in 460 Petroleum Wreck


Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh

Campbell Co., VA - Adam Henry, 31, was the driver killed in the tanker wreck on Route 460 Monday night. He served 13 years with the Lyn-Dan Heights Volunteer Fire Department, and he meant the world to those firefighters.

Forty-two people give up their precious time to work at the volunteer fire department. They describe Henry has their comic relief. But he was more than a jokester, he was a devoted family man and respected firefighter.

Without Henry, his fellow firefighters are in mourning. And not just one or two- the entire department is wrapped in grief, especially Henry's good friend and fellow firefighter Jason Morgan.

"It's one of those things you're not going to be able to fill the void, no matter how hard you try and how hard you move on," said Morgan, president of the Lyn-Dan Heights Vol. Fire Dept.

Morgan became a firefighter the same year as Henry. Thirteen years later, they earned a life membership together. When Morgan heard a petroleum truck had overturned, his gut told him something had happened to his friend.

"And heard it was a Watts Petroleum truck. And first instinct I had was, is it Adam?" said Morgan.

Virginia State Police say Henry was trapped in the overturned truck for several hours with 7,000 gallons of fuel leaking.

He leaves behind a wife, daughter and son. A photo, taken just days ago shows Henry and his boy in a firetruck together.

"You don't see one without the other. Wherever he goes, it's daddy this and daddy that," said Morgan.

The Lyn-Dan Heights Volunteer Fire Department vows to make sure Henry's family is cared for and Henry never forgotten.

"We still have a job to do. We're still going to do it. We're just going to be one seat short. And that seat's always going to be empty," said Morgan.

Firefighters have offered to help the Henry family with the funeral service. They've volunteered the fire hall for the service or anything the family needs.

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