Anderson firefighter hit, killed by car after running out of gas

The newest details on the firefighter hit by an oncoming pickup truck on Monday
Published: Oct. 10, 2022 at 2:40 PM EDT
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WILLIAMSTON, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Anderson County Coroner’s Office confirmed that a City of Anderson firefighter died on Monday afternoon following a crash along Midway Road.

The Coroner’s Office said the victim had reportedly run out of gas near Stevens Court and was trying to fill up his vehicle when he was hit by an oncoming car. South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 2:15 p.m.

The Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 29-year-old Daniel Bagwell, an Anderson City firefighter who was off-duty at the time of the collision.

Sergeant Daniel Bagwell
Sergeant Daniel Bagwell(City of Anderson Police Department)

Sgt. Bagwell worked with the Anderson Fire Department for 11 years and was working his way from firefighter to sergeant. He leaves behind his wife, Tonya and 7-month-old daughter, Madilynn.

Captain Travis Poore spoke on behalf of the Anderson Fire Department:

“... A lot of hearts are hurting this morning including his wife, Tonya, and young 7-month-old daughter, Madilynn, and his sweet family members that always had open doors for our team members and considered us all here at the fire department their extended family members.

Daniel was a huge part of this department and community and his beloved shifts and was loved by all. Daniel was a strong leader, a solid firefighter, a good friend, and most importantly a loving husband and father.

I was thinking on the way home this morning about how we dedicate our lives to helping others in our line of work and try to be there for anyone that needs help but yesterday God has other plans for Daniel.

This will be hard for us all to move forward without him with the impression that he made on each person he was ever around. Please continue to pray for both families, his brothers, and his home family, as we move forward to try our best to honor him in the best way that we can.

We have received countless phone calls, text messages, and social media messages offering prayers, words of encouragement, and direct support. We appreciate it.”

Captain Travis Poore

Bagwell also served with the West Pelzer Fire Department for over 10 years. The department shared a statement remembering him on Monday night.

A funeral service will be held for Sgt. Bagwell on Thursday, October 13 at 2p.m. at Whitefield Baptist Church followed by a burial at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

The crash is still being investigated by the Coroner’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol. We will update this story as officials release new details.