ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A Metro East fire department was in mourning Friday as a procession was under way for a fallen Swansea firefighter.
The 30-year-old off-duty Swansea firefighter was killed during a Thursday morning crash in unincorporated St. Louis County.
According to police, a Chevrolet Camaro was driving eastbound on Page Avenue when it hit a Chevrolet Cruze in the middle of the intersection shortly before 6 a.m. The impact of the crash reportedly caused the Cruze to leave the roadway and rollover.
Firefighter Brett Korves, 30, was driving the Cruze. Police believe Korves was attempting to make a left turn onto North Warson Road when the vehicle was struck.
Korves, of St. Jacob, Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a 10-year veteran of the Swansea Fire Department, according to a post on their Facebook page. He was a third generation firefighter. His father is currently an active firefighter with the Swansea Fire Department.
Korves leaves behind a wife and an 18-month-old son.
The male driver of the Camaro remained on scene, police said. The 21-year-old was reportedly taken into custody for involuntary manslaughter but was not charged as of Friday morning.
St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons and Accident Reconstruction Team is handling the ongoing investigation.
First responders from multiple departments escorted the body of Brett Korves from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's office to a fire station in Swansea, before heading to a funeral home in Troy, Illinois.
The American flag was lowered at the Swansea Fire Station to half staff to pay tribute to the fallen firefighter.
"With the heartbreak and the loss of Brett, we're just trying to come together at this time and keep an eye on one another," Chief Christopher Tell said.
"Brett was just someone that everyone liked to be around," Bryan Whitaker said. "Always had a good time with [him]. He's just gonna be sorely missed by the department."