RICHLAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Funeral services for Richland firefighter Noah Pate have been announced.
The 21-year-old crashed into the back of a garbage truck Thursday on Highway 49 in Florence.
Friday, Richland Fire Department officials confirmed Pate had died from his injuries.
Chancellor Funeral Home of Florence says visitation for Pate will be Monday from 5-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Florence and again Tuesday, August 1st from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church as well.
Prior to Friday, Pate was listed in critical condition after being airlifted to the hospital just before 8 a.m.
Members of Pate's work family are trying to come to grips with this heartbreaking news.
"He was here full time and he loved it," said Battalion Chief Ricky Chapman. "He just turned 21 about two weeks ago. He just got married."
The news of one of their own involved in a heart stopping car accident has put the Richland Fire Department in distress.
Just back in May, Noah Pate exchanged wedding vows. Battalion Chief Ricky Chapman described Pate as a loving man who has been on the force since February 2016.
"Since the time he started he has gone and completed the training at the Mississippi State Fire Academy and go this certification to be a firefighter," added Chapman. "He also attended Hinds Community College as an EMT and got his certification as a national registered emergency medical technician."
The Star native is known for his faith and helping others. He was home schooled from an early age.
"Noah is a very energetic hard working young man, said Chapman. "He cuts yards on his days off. He's involved in all kinds of clubs at church. If we have kids here who want to see the fire station he comes in and shows it to them."
Richland Police posted to social media, asking everyone to pray for their fellow firefighter.
"He's a prankster just like everyone in the fire department. They are family," said Chapman. "He always played good. Could give a joke and take a joke well. We are glad to have him here."
Thursday firefighters from surrounding cities including Pearl came and took over shifts so Richland firefighters could be with Pate.