Sheriff's Office reaches settlement with widow of Greenville Co. firefighter killed during chase

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The Greenville County Sheriff's Office and the wife of an Upstate firefighter who was killed in 2015 have reached a settlement according to online court records.

Thirty-year-old Jordan Barry Howard was killed riding his motorcycle to work at the North Greenville Fire Department when a man running from deputies crashed into him.

The man who hit him, 27-year-old John William Kennedy, fled after deputies got a tip he was trying to sell a stolen vehicle at TD'S Express Mart on SC-253.

In August 2017, Howard's wife filed a lawsuit against the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and former sheriff Steve Loftis, saying a deputy did not stop chasing Kennedy despite a radio call going out to end the pursuit.

On May 25, a $225,000 settlement was approved in the case and will be awarded to Howard's wife.

Kennedy was sentenced to prison in 2016 for his role in the crash.

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