Aimee Jones, Republished with Permission, Newton Citizen
COVINGTON, GA — A Newton County firefighter who had been working through the winter ice storm was killed early Friday morning in a one-vehicle accident.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the 2004 Dodge 2500 pickup truck driven by 31-year-old Bradley Eavenson was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 278 at Dixie Road around 1:30 a.m. when he left the roadway onto the right shoulder, traveled down an embankment, and struck a rock wall. The GSP stated that Eavenson was not wearing a seat belt. Weather does not appear to be a factor in the wreck, according to the GSP.
Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien said the Newton County Fire Service is saddened by Eavenson’s death. He said Eavenson had been working throughout the storm and had gotten off duty at 5 p.m. Thursday. Because he lived in Elberton and was scheduled to report back to work Friday morning, Eavenson was staying at the Fire Station on Harris Springs Road.
O’Brien said Eavenson was an asset not only to the Newton County Fire Service, but to several agencies across the state.
“Brad was an energetic and aggressive firefighter,” O’Brien said Friday.
He said that Eavenson was expert in technical rescue training and trained other agencies across the state in the use of ropes and knots, for instance.
Eavenson joined the Newton County Fire Service in 2007, the same year O’Brien joined the force. Eavenson had been a firefighter in Barrow County and in Elberton for several years as well.
“He was always one for a cup of coffee and a good laugh,” O’Brien said. “This is a loss not only to his family, but our (NCFS) family and many departments across the state.
FIRE DEPARTMENT STATEMENT via Newton Fire Facebook Page
On 02/14/2014 at approximately 1:00 am Newton County Fire Department suffered the loss of a friend, brother, father, son, and fellow firefighter, with the sudden passing of Brad Michael Eavenson. Brad was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Hwy 278 at Dixie Road.
Brad became a part of the Newton County Fire family on October 1, 2007. Since this time he has touched many hearts while helping the citizens and guest of Newton County and building life long memories with his friends and work family.
Brad was from Elberton Georgia and has been a member of the fire service for many years prior to coming here to Newton County. Brad had a passion for teaching others about his skills in the rope and technical rescue arena and was well respected across the State as an expert in this discipline. Brad has impacted many members of this organization as he helped mold our department into a more professional fire service and his passing will be a major loss for Newton County and the fire service of Georgia.
Please keep Brad’s family and friends in your prayers as well as his family here at Newton County Fire. Brad is survived by his parents, Judy and Toby, son Braden, and sister Hannah.Details about funeral services will be released upon confirmation.