Va. firefighter dies from earlier crash injuries

Louisa County Firefighter Mia Ethridge was involved in a fire engine crash while responding to a fire in July

Duty Death: Mia Regina Ethridge - [Louisa County, Virginia]

End of Service: 09/02/2023

By Bill Carey

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia firefighter has died of her injuries after being involved in a fire engine crash while responding to a structure fire in July.

Twenty-year-old Louisa County Fire Department Firefighter Mia Ethridge died on Sept. 2, according to a Facebook post from the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, where Ethridge was also a volunteer firefighter.

On July 9, Ethridge was in a fire engine with another firefighter responding to a call. Virginia State Police said that at some point during the response, the fire engine went off the road and struck a tree, WJLA reported. She was ejected from the fire engine and suffered life-threatening injuries. Med Flight flew Ethridge to UVA University Hospital for treatment.

The other firefighter was also injured and taken to a local hospital.

The Virginia State Police said both firefighters had been wearing seat belts.

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