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Swansea firefighter killed in traffic accident in St. Louis County

Swansea firefighters escort body of fellow firefighter killed in accident

Brett Korves, of St. Jacob, Illinois, a 10-year veteran of the Swansea Fire Department, was killed in a car crash in St. Louis County. His fellow firefighters, friends, and family attended a procession ending at the Swansea Fire Department.
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Brett Korves, of St. Jacob, Illinois, a 10-year veteran of the Swansea Fire Department, was killed in a car crash in St. Louis County. His fellow firefighters, friends, and family attended a procession ending at the Swansea Fire Department.

Brett Korves, 30, of St. Jacob, Illinois, a 10-year veteran of the Swansea Fire Department, was killed in a car crash Thursday in St. Louis County.

The accident occurred at approximately 5:51 a.m. at the intersection of Page Avenue and North Warson Road in St. Louis County. Korves was driving a Chevrolet Cruze.

“Upon arrival, officers located a two-vehicle accident. Vehicle No. 1, a Chevrolet Camaro, was driving eastbound on Page Avenue when it struck vehicle No. 2, a Chevrolet Cruze in the middle of the intersection. The impact caused (Korves’) vehicle leave the roadway and roll over,” said Officer Benjamin Granda of the St. Louis County Police Department. “It appears vehicle No. 2 was attempting to make a left turn onto southbound Warson Road when it was struck by vehicle No. 1.”

The driver of the other vehicle, a 21-year-old man, has not been charged. Members of the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons are continuing to investigate the crash. “The investigation remains very active at this tine,” Granda said.

Korves is listed as a 10-year veteran on the department’s Facebook page.

Former Swansea Fire Chief John McGuire said he has known Korves since he was a kid.

“He came from a great family and his wife, Alex and little boy Brock (18 months old) are great too,” McGuire said.

McGuire said Korves “was a very outgoing person - just an all around super guy.”

He learned about the tragic news from other Swansea firefighters and said it was “very shocking.”

Swanse Mayor Mike Leopold said Korves “will be very, very missed.”

“He was a great kid. I feel sorry for his family. I wish them nothing but the best. It is such a sad say for Swansea. It is a horrible loss for Swansea and his family,” Leopold said.

“He was just 30 years old ... with a wife and young baby. It’s every parent’s worse nightmare. He was in the prime of his life. That’s not supposed to happen,” Leopold said.

Leopold was at the fire department Friday afternoon when the hearse carrying Korves’ body came past the fire department.

“All of the firemen were there, including past and former firefighters. And a big crowd of residents came too,” Leopold said.

“We had prayer out there. It’s just a sad day,” he said.

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