Retirement Announcement
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The Bluffton Township Fire District would like to congratulate Captain Donald Rooker on his retirement. Captain Donald Rooker began his career with the Bluffton Township Fire District as a volunteer on April 01, 1987 and became a full time paid firefighter on August 20, 1990. He advanced within his career throughout the years until he reached the rank of Fire Captain. Captain Rooker devoted his career to selflessly helping others within the community and within the organization. Captain Rooker currently is assigned the Maintenance / Logistics Division of the fire district serving as Quartermaster.  Captain Rooker’s 27 years of service and dedication to the Bluffton Township Fire District is greatly appreciated. We wish him a happy and healthy retirement and continued success in future endeavors. 

Savannah man killed in 3-vehicle wreck near Beaufort-Jasper county line

A Savannah man was killed, and two others injured Tuesday in a three-vehicle wreck at the New River Bridge in Jasper County, near the Beaufort County line, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol and Jasper County coroner.

Henry Sherwin Prescott IV, 25, of Savannah, was killed after he was ejected from a white Toyota pickup truck he was driving.

According to Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly of the S.C. Highway Patrol, Prescott was traveling east on S.C. 170 around 11:30 a.m., when he crossed over the center line and struck a flatbed pickup truck traveling west. Prescott then lost control of the car and hit a Ford Expedition that was also traveling east, Wimberly said. He was thrown from the vehicle and died instantly, according to Jasper County coroner Martin Sauls. 

Prescott was not wearing a seatbelt, Wimberly said. 

The driver of the flatbed pickup, Domingo Gonzalez, and the driver of the Expedition, Patrick Patterson, were transported to nearby hospitals with unknown injuries. Further information on them was not available from Highway Patrol.

Wimberly said no charges will be filed in the accident. 

The wreck shut down traffic in both directions of S.C. 170 for at least three hours Tuesday, according to Bluffton Township Fire District spokesman Randy Hunter. 

The fire department, Bluffton Police Department and Beaufort County EMS were called to the scene, as well as the Levy Fire Department and Jasper County EMS, Hunter said.