Community remembers firefighter, EMT killed in motorcycle crash
Mark Rexroat (Source: Bedford Fire & Rescue)
BEDFORD, KY (WAVE) - A community is in shock after the unexpected death of one of a well-known firefighter and EMT.
People who knew Mark Rexroat, 43, of Bedford, well said 'he was one heck of a guy'. According to people that knew him, Rexroat was a type of person who could light up a room with his smile. One of the supervisors said Rexroat 'was a genuinely good guy.'
Feelings are hard to pinpoint for Jeffery Wright, Chief of Bedford Volunteer Fire and Rescue. "I'm just kind of mixed emotions. I'm angry one minute and remembering the past the next," Wright said.
While remembering the past working with Rexroat he explained, "Mark was a charming guy. He always liked to see people laugh. He liked to have a good time."
KSP said Rexroat was riding his motorcycle east on Highway 42 Friday evening. Perry Cook, 49, also of Bedford, was driving in the other direction in a truck. Cook tried to turn left onto Haven Road police said Cook turned into Rexroat's path. The truck hit Rexroat and he was thrown from the motorcycle. Rexroat was flown to University of Louisville hospital where he later died. Cook was not injured in the crash. Police said Rexroat was wearing a helmet.
"I just couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it was him there," Wright said.
Wright said Rexroat's wife, who is also an EMT, responded to the scene before she knew her husband was involved. Wright said Rexroat was traveling home on his motorcycle from grocery shopping.
"I knew he loved to ride. He couldn't wait to get another bike," said Wright.
Rexroat was most recently a firefighter with Bedford Fire and Rescue. Over the years, he held positions including chief and assistant chief. At Fire Station 1 where he worked, flags were at half staff in his honor. Rexroat loved to hunt, fish and target shoot, according to Wright.
"His main passion though, was firefighting and being an EMT," Wright said.
Rexroat held two full-time jobs as an EMT in Trimble County and Henry County in addition to volunteer firefighting. "He gave 110% in everything he did," Wright said. "He's one heck of a guy."
According to Wright, Rexroat was a man who was active in the community. "He'll be missed by many," he said.
Wright said Rexroat leaves behind a wife and five children.
Rexroat's visitation is set for Thursday August 16, 2012 from 3 - 8 p.m. The visitation will be held at Bedford Baptist Church at 1425 Hwy 42 E. Bedford, KY. A second visitation will be held in the same location on Friday August 17 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rexroat's funeral will be Friday August 17 at 1 p.m. The service will also be held at the Bedford Baptist Church located at 1425 Hwy 42 E. Bedford, KY.
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