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Former Tri-community Volunteer Firefighter killed in Catoosa County crash Sunday evening

The Georgia State Patrol has released further information into Sunday evenings fatal crash on Cherokee Valley Road in Catoosa County. According to the State Patrol, Noland Stover, 61, was driving his white 1998 Toyota Corolla north on Cherokee Valley Road around 5:40 when he lost control and went off road on the east side. The Corolla then hit a culvert, rotating and overturning. The Corolla then hit a utility pole before coming to a final rest. Stover was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene. Tri-community Volunteer Fire department posted on facebook saying "We are saddened to share a former Tri-Community Fire Department member died as a result of a vehicle crash on Cherokee Valley Road on Sunday, May 26. Noland Stover joined the fire department in 1977 and became a firefighter in 1979. Shortly thereafter, he resigned and then rejoined in 1984. During his 15 years of service, Noland achieved the rank of Captain, and was awarded the Volunteer Distinguished Service medal two times. He was an EMT, and earned the state Firefighter II certification before resigning in 1997.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time."

(File photo: Left to Right: Mike Abercrombie, and Noland Stover)