Union Co. volunteer firefighter recovering


Union County, SC (WSPA) – Union County Volunteer Firefighter Dennis Howell is in the hospital recovering after he was hit by a car.

Now his family and coworkers are asking for prayers as he recovers.

Surveillance video from a nearby business shows the moments leading up to the accident that put the volunteer firefighter known as Smiley in the hospital.

Captain Kevin Powers with Union County Public Safety says “He put other people’s needs before his. Regardless how minor the needs is or major he was always willing to help out his fellow man or woman, it didn’t matter.”

On Feb. 3, Howell stopped to help a driver who hit a deer. That’s when another car ran into him and his truck.

“The night I got the message and got the call, the first thing they said was that he was helping somebody and I said that’s Smiley,” Powers said.

Now Howell is fighting to recover.

“I had an opportunity to go by the hospital and see him Sunday. He was awake, he was aware, he knew who I was and he was able to answer questions,” Powers said.

After 30 years of walking these halls and riding these trucks to help others, those who knew Howell are asking for prayers for speedy recovery.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating this incident, and tell us no charges have been filed.

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