CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – NBC12 has learned new information about a motorcycle accident that killed a volunteer Chesterfield firefighter on Interstate 95 Thursday night.
31-year-old Chris Davidson and his fiancée were killed when his Harley collided with a car that was stopped on the highway, just before eleven o'clock.
Firefighters are a close group. There is an unspeakable bond formed while putting their lives on the line together every day. Chris Davidson made his presence known as a medic and volunteer. His death has left a huge hole.
The bike Davidson loved is now a mangled mess of metal. He and his fiancée, 38-year-old Wendy Jones, were ejected when they ran into a car stopped in the left lane of I-95 South late Thursday night. While they were both wearing helmets, neither survived the crash.
Lt. Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire and EMS said Davidson died doing something he loved.
"He liked to kind of be out there and be free and enjoy that and he was enjoying that with his fiancée unfortunately at the time of his death," he explained.
We met Elmore at Davidson's home fire station in Matoaca. He said the 31-year-old was practically born a firefighter and comes from a line of volunteers. He started giving his time as early as possible, as a 16-year-old boy.
His legacy has spanned 15 years in the fire house. It is a legacy Elmore said epitomizes the giving spirit of the men and women who run into a burning building, when everyone else runs out.
"He was a hard worker," Elmore told NBC12. "He was always available. He lived close by so when the alarm went off he was able to come here to get on the truck and respond to the calls and he just enjoyed helping people."
The shelf where Davidson's gear was kept now sits empty, but Elmore said his fellow Station 13 volunteer and career firefighters will continue on in his memory.
"We never want to get that phone call that you hear people say so much about parents," Elmore recalled. "We're the same way as an organization. We never want to hear that one of our members was injured or even killed."
Davidson's giving spirit also played out in his full time job. He was a medic with Southside Virginia Emergency Crew in Petersburg.