A teenage firefighter trainee from a small town in New Jersey died when he lost control of his pickup truck and crashed.
Timothy Crim of Upper Pittsgrove, New Jersey, joined Station House 21, the Elmer Fire Department, when he was just 16 years old, according to the Elmer Fire Department Facebook page.
Crim was determined to work his way up from junior firefighter, to probationary firefighter, and finally to be a full-fledged member of the squad.
That plan ended on Sunday, March 25, when the 17-year-old junior firefighter lost control of his pickup while passing a car less than 10 miles from the firehouse where he hoped to work for the rest of his life.
By signing up as a fireman, Timothy was upholding a family tradition.
Crim’s late father Thomas, his late grandfather Herman, and his uncle Robert all served as fire chief in Elmer. His brother, Evan, and two of his cousins, Capt. Nate Crim and firefighter Kate Crim, were also on the squad, according to PressofAtlanticCity.com.
The Elmer Fire Department Facebook page attracted many posts offering condolences.
David D Butler said, “Heaven has one heck of a great fire department with all the Crim’s. Keep watching over us.”
Bobby Garrison posted, “Tim is an awesome friend. Would help anyone out, he will be missed … Prayers to the family and friends.”
The accident happened at about 12:40 p.m., according to Firehouse.com. He was transported to Memorial Hospital of Salem County, where he was pronounced dead.
“Today the Elmer Fire Department is mourning the loss of 17 year old Junior Firefighter Timothy Crim,” the Elmer Fire Department posted on its Facebook page. “Tim joined the department at the age of 16 as a junior firefighter and was working his way up to becoming a Probationary Firefighter.”
Crim had been a junior at Woodstown High School. He was also a boy scout, a member of Troop 60.