Teen who died in October crash in Roanoke County was a recruit firefighter

Roanoke Valley News

(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department Facebook)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Members of the Roanoke Valley community — including first responders — are in mourning after a teenager who was “well on his way to an excellent career in emergency services” died in a crash back in late October, officials say.

According to the Roanoke County Police Department, a 2002 Toyota Highlander SUV was heading east on McVitty Road when it ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree shortly after 11 p.m. on Oct. 24.

The department says the driver — identified as 18-year-old Gavin William Dent of Roanoke — was wearing a seatbelt, but died at the scene of the wreck.

The Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department says Dent was a recruit firefighter for the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department and currently in Volunteer Academy #20.

According to fire officials, Dent also completed the Emergency Medical Technician program at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology back in the spring.

“Please keep the Dents, the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department and the Cave Spring Rescue Squad in your thoughts and prayers,” the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department wrote on Facebook.

The fire department says Dent’s funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 at Cave Spring Baptist Church.

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