The Chief of Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department died Dec. 5 following injuries sustained in an early morning crash on U.S 40.

Zachary Reid, 32, of Clear Spring, Maryland. died after a single vehicle crash, reported at 6:37 a.m. near Rockdale Road, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.

Reid was eastbound in a 2013 Ford F650 rollback on U.S. 40, or National Pike, when it went off the road for an unknown reason and struck a utility pole, according to police.

Upon arrival, authorities found Reid unconscious, and he was taken to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown where he was pronounced dead at 7:16 a.m., police said.

Reid served with the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department, since he was a teenager and was named Chief in 2021.

In addition, Reid was a 8-year career firefighter and fire apparatus operator with the Hagerstown Fire Department. He was assigned to E-1 on the B-shift, according to the Hagerstown Fire Department. Reid was also a graduate of the Washington County Technical High School Fire-Rescue Cadet program.

Reid’s father and fellow Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department officer, Capt. Mike Reid announced his son’s death on the fire company’s Facebook page Monday.

“This is the hardest notification I’ve ever had to make! It is with a completely broken heart that I announce the death of my son Fire Chief Zachary Reid who died this morning from injuries suffered in a traffic accident.”

Reid leaves behind a wife and three daughters as well as an extended fire department family and colleagues.

In Reid’s honor, the Clear Spring community parade originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 was postponed until Saturday, Dec. 17.

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