WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH) — Woodbridge police is investigating a fatal car crash on Litchfield Turnpike on (Route 69) Sunday afternoon. The crash’s only victim was the Fire Marshal for the Town of Orange.
The wreck occurred south of Downs Road at approximately 4:47 p.m. Only one car was involved and the driver was the only occupant in the vehicle.
Police identified the victim as 56-year-old Timothy Smith of Prospect. Smith was the Fire Marshal for the Town of Orange.
The Connecticut State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is assisting Woodbridge Police with the investigation. They will release their findings and comments when their investigation is complete.
Monday, the Orange Volunteer Fire Association released a statement about Smith’s death, saying that the volunteer firefighters and town employees are reeling from the news.
According to OVFA, Smith was investigating a structure fire at a local home and had just determined the cause of the fire when he was heading home Sunday. He crashed his car on his way home.
“The Orange Volunteer Fire Department and Orange Town employees are mourning the untimely passing of Tim Smith, our Fire Marshal.”– Vaughan Dumas, Orange Fire Chief
“Tim was an invaluable member of the town’s public safety corps and will be missed here in town and across the state.”– James M. Zeoli, First Selectman of Orange
OVFD reports that Smith was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years.
“In addition to being a certified State Fire Marshal, Smith was a Fire Service instructor for the Valley Regional Fire School. He received an award from the International Association of Arson Investigators in 2015 for outstanding accomplishment in relation to an investigation of an arson fire on Golf Road.“– Orange Volunteer Fire Department
According to OVFD, Smith was an innovative fire official; “he inaugurated the use of drones to investigate fires. He also implemented the use special software to track fires in town and report them to the state.”
Monday, the entire fire department lined the streets and saluted as Smith’s body was transported to Milford Funeral Home.