Southwest Volunteer Fire Department Responds To Accident
Mark Wagers died when his pickup crashed in rural Colorado.
January 20, 2005
Washington County investigators are looking into a fatal accident Tuesday night that killed a volunteer firefighter from Woodrow, Colo.
Mark Wagers’ pickup went off the left side of the road around 9 p.m. and struck an embankment just north of the town of Last Chance on Highway 71, the Colorado State Patrol said.
Wagers was the assistant chief of the Southwest Volunteer Fire Department — the same department that responded to the accident. Two of his three sons, who are also on the volunteer fire crew, helped remove him from his wrecked pickup.
His family said that Wagers was one of the original founders of the volunteer firefighter team in the area. He had just celebrated 10 years of service. He was planning to retire after this year, they said.
Jacob Wagers told 7NEWS that his father was headed to the hall where the fire department is located in Last Chance to do some work.
“He was a perfectionist and was always working on stuff to make it perfect,” Jacob Wagers said. He said everyone knew him by his nickname of “Tinker.” The Colorado State Patrol said that alcohol is being investigated as a possible cause of the accident. Wagers, a lifelong farmer, is survived by his wife, three sons and two grandsons. Funeral arrangements are pending at Heer Mortuary in Brush