RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH Oct 30 2011 – A beloved teacher and volunteer firefighter is dead after she stopped to help at the scene of a car accident.
That accident happened around 7:30 this morning at the intersection of US 20 and Fulton-Lucas Road in
Richfield Township. Police say a semi rear-ended a van making a turn onto Fulton-Lucas Road.
That’s when Charlotte Adair, 45, teacher, a firefighter, and a mother, stopped to help.
She was directing traffic when she was hit and killed by a Ford Escape driven by Richard Bigras.
No charges have yet been filed.
Adair remembered as someone who was always willing to help.
“Known as Charlie to friends, Mrs. Adair to her sixth grade students, Charlotte Adair had worked here at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Assumption for seven years. Tonight this entire community is mourning,” said Linda Justen, Holy Trinity Catholic School Principal.
Grief counselors were on hand today at Holy Trinity Catholic School.
“She really cared, she cared deeply for her children,” said Linda Justen, Holy Trinity Catholic School Principal.
Adair’s current and former students are distraught.
“My daughter had her last year and she’s devastated,” said Christina Krempec, a Holy Trinity Parent and Adair’s Friend
After learning that Adair had been killed in a car accident, Chief Ronald Tate of the Richfield Township Fire Department, said he was going through an, “extreme amount of shock, disbelief.”
The Richfield Township Fire Department, where Adair volunteered for nearly six years, responded to the scene.
“[She was a] very spunky kind of person that just lit up the room,” said Chief Ronald Tate of the Richfield Township Fire Department
Krempec said the way Adair died showed the kind of person she was.
“I just think about her smile and how much the kids loved her because she was so happy,” said Krempec. “You can tell from how this happened that she gave her life for other people.
Neighboring fire departments have volunteered to cover. As Adair’s colleagues deal with her loss and a school community counts on its faith to get through.