Fellow firefighters mourning loss of one of their own after accident

Bethany Franklin's coworkers say she was one of the best at her job and always fun to be around (Photo: provided by co-workers)

BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) -- Emergency responders in Bedford are mourning the loss of a fellow firefighter.

Bethany Franklin was killed in an accident over the weekend.

The flag flew at half staff at the Bedford County Fire Department and fire gear is right beside it as they mourn the loss of Franklin.

"It's a hard hit when it comes this close to home," said John Moore, the president of the Bedford Fire Dept.

"Just going to work to serve others like always and then her life was taken so tragically taken," said Jack Jones, Jr., the fire chief of the Bedford Co. Fire & Rescue Dept. "That's a pretty big thing to get your mind around."

Franklin worked for the county for the past nine years and had plans to further her career, just finishing a program at UVA in medicine.

Those plans were stopped when a driver going the wrong way, hit her car head-on in Albemarle County on Sunday.

Franklin died at the scene.

"When I saw who it was the whole community just sank a little bit," said Alex McKinney, a firefighter at the Bedford Fire Dept.

Coworkers say Franklin was a good person.

"Always going out of her way, she just wanted to help people," McKinney said.

"The world is not as good a place as it was yesterday, but I know Bethany is in a better place," Chief Jones said.

"I know we have another angel watching over us now," Moore added.

Her family has requested in lieu of flowers, people donate money to the local fire stations.

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