UPDATE: Funeral services announce for retired Dalton firefighter killed in motorcycle accident
Deputy Chief Gary Baggett
UPDATE: Funeral services have been announced for the former Dalton fire chief killed over the weekend.
Retired Deputy Chief Gary Baggett died in a motorcycle crash on Saturday.
He had retired from the department just two months ago.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 to 9 at the Julian Peeples Funeral Home in Dalton.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Thursday at 2-o'clock at Cedar Valley Cathedral of Praise.
UPDATE: The Dalton Fire Department continues to mourn the loss of one of their own after a recently retired deputy chief was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday.
Investigators say Gary Baggett passed away Saturday evening. His son was following behind him when the crash happened and helped perform CPR. But Baggett died an hour later at the hospital.
The department released the following information:
"It's with heavy hearts that the Dalton Fire Department confirms the passing of retired Deputy Chief Gary Baggett. Chief Baggett was killed in a motorcycle crash earlier tonight, April 4th. Baggett retired from the Dalton Fire Department on February 6th after 30 years of service to the City of Dalton.
The crash happened at 7:15 PM at the intersection of Cleveland Highway and Westbrook Road. Preliminary information indicates that Baggett was traveling southbound on Cleveland Highway riding a motorcycle when a white Toyota Tundra pickup truck traveling northbound in the turn lane attempted to turn left onto Westbrook Road in front of Baggett's motorcycle. Baggett's motorcycle struck the truck. The crash was initially investigated by deputies from the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office and is still being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol's specialized reconstruction team. Baggett was transported to Hamilton Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after 8:00 pm.
Deputy Chief Baggett started his career with the Dalton Fire Department on October 10, 1985. He rose through the ranks, serving as a Battalion Chief beginning in 2007 and then rising to the rank of Deputy Chief two years later in October 2009. His qualifications and areas of expertise as a firefighter were extensive and in addition to the leadership and service he provided to the fire service in Dalton, he also provided leadership to firefighters statewide as an active instructor and organizer in the Georgia Smoke Divers program. Before joining the Dalton Fire Department, Chief Baggett served four years in the US Air Force where he also served as a firefighter.
The Dalton Fire Department is asking the community to keep Chief Baggett's family in their thoughts and prayers and to please respect their privacy during this incredibly difficult time."
Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield told Channel 3 the pair served together for almost 30 years and worked their way up the ranks.
"Basically he was always willing to learn something new and put forth effort," Satterfield said. "Very difficult to know that 8 weeks and a day is all the retirement he had seen."
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced and the GSP continues its investigation into the crash.
Baggett is survived by his wife and two grown children.