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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia firefighter was killed in a crash on his way to work Thursday morning. Jesse Clingenpee, 25, was ejected from his jeep as the result of a crash at the intersection of Brambleton Avenue and Ranchcrest Drive in Roanoke County, according to police. The initial investigation has determined another vehicle struck Clingenpee’s jeep and caused it to roll over several times. The crash happened about five miles from Roanoke Fire-EMS Station 4 where he worked.

“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness and regret that Roanoke Fire-EMS announces the passing of one of our brothers, Jesse Clingenpeel,” the fire department posted online. “Jesse was hired by Roanoke Fire-EMS in 2013. He was a decorated veteran and was a very special person that will be sorely missed by all of us. Please keep his family and friends and our department in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this difficult time. Rest easy brother – we will take it from here.”

The investigation into the crash remained on-going. No charges have been filed at this time.

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