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Volunteer firefighter involved in fatal crash remembered for his 'inquisitive mind'

Ben Baurin graduated from volunteer recruitment training in December 2017 and was a member with Station 23 Chezzetcook
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Ben Baurin at his graduation from volunteer recruit training in December 2017 (Photo contributed by Halifax Regional Municipality)

An off-duty volunteer firefighter was the victim of a three vehicle crash earlier this week on the Forest Hills Extension.

Ben Baurin, 20, graduated from volunteer recruitment training in December 2017 and was a member with Station 23 Chezzetcook.

Hugues MacKay, volunteer captain with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency and Chezzetcook station chief, told NEWS 95.7 firefighters across the region are mourning his death.

"We do deal with incidents that relate to motor vehicle accidents but this one hits a little bit closer to home just because it was one of our members directly involved," he said. 

MacKay said Baurin was athletic, light-hearted and energetic, but he'll remember him most for his inquisitive mind.

"He was somebody that was always questioning for good, how we're doing things and why we're doing things," said MacKay. "I know a lot of the senior members that have quite a few years experience were always happy to answer his questions."

RCMP say at around noon Tuesday, a Ford Focus, a Honda Civic and a GMC truck collided.

A woman also involved in the crash was taken to hospital with what were described as minor injuries, and the third person wasn't hurt.


Chris Halef

About the Author: Chris Halef

Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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