Athens firefighter dies after off-duty accident

Credit: Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services

An Athens-Clarke fighter has died after a serious off-duty accident, according to a post on Facebook.

The Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services posted an update on Facebook Tuesday morning, stating that firefighter Matt Hughes had died.

“After a tragic accident yesterday while working an off duty job Firefighter II Matt Hughes has passed away. We would like to send or prayers and condolences to Matt's family and friends. We will post funeral arrangements once they are know.  R.I.P. Brother,” the post read.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Hughes was helping a friend trim trees when a limb fell and struck him. He was reportedly taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Monday night, the fire agency put out a call for prayers on Facebook with a post that read, "Tonight, we'd like to ask you all for your prayers as one of our own, FFII Matt Hughes, was seriously injured in an off-duty accident earlier today. Please keep Matt and his family in your prayers during this difficult time. Thank you.”

The details surrounding the accident were not immediately available. 

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