Volunteer Firefighter Killed in Clarence Car Crash

May 5, 2013 Updated May 5, 2013 at 11:40 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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May 5, 2013 Updated May 5, 2013 at 11:40 PM EDT


Harris Hill, NY (WKBW) - Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 17-year-old high school senior from Clarence.

17-year-old Alexander Hemline was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Sunday morning.

Hemline also served as a volunteer firefighter in Harris Hill.

Two flags flew in front of the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company as a symbol of mourning. Hemline's gear was placed another the flags.

"He just like doing it," says Harris Hill Fire Department Chief Nick Radlich. "He just liked hanging out with the guys and going to save lives."

Erie County Sheriff's deputies say Hemline lost control of his car on Krause Road in Clarence and crashed into a tree.

Hemline was trapped in the vehicle. After first responders removed him, a mercy flight flew Hemline to ECMC, where he died.

Sgt. Joseph Belden, with the Erie County Sheriff's Office, says, "At this indication, we're still looking at all the possibilities as to why he lost control."

The junior firefighter is described as extremely devoted. He even did his homework at the fire station.

Hemline was an only child. However, he lived for his brothers at the fire department, who will work through their grief to keep helping the community.

"We know that's what Alex would have wanted," Radlich says. "Now we have Alex watching over us on every call."