Veteran NC fire chief dies in Wintergreen skiing accident

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Authorities say a veteran North Carolina fire chief has died following a skiing accident at Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County Saturday.

"Chief Adam Snyder succumbed to injuries sustained in a snow skiing accident this afternoon at the University of Virginia Medical Center," officials posted on Facebook Monday afternoon.

Officials with the The Town of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, said Fire/EMS Chief Adam Snyder was with his family for a weekend trip at the resort when the accident happened.

Snyder was transported to UVa. Medical Center in Charlottesville where he remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon, according to Atlantic Beach officials.

Officials thanked members of the Charlottesville Fire Department for their kindness to the chief's family.

"Snyder, 47, is a twenty year member of the Atlantic Beach Fire Department and has served the past fifteen years serving Chief. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran where he served as a Rescue Swimmer," official said. "During his fire-fighting career he has become renowned in Eastern North Carolina by his numerous personal first responder involvements and lifesaving actions."

Adam Snyder

Adam Snyder

AGoFundMe account established by North Caroline Peer Support had raised more than $16,500 for Snyder's family at last check Sunday night.

“We want to make sure he and his family are financially taken care of through this heartbreaking ordeal,” organizers wrote.

Atlantic Beach's mayor, town council and fire department members asked folks to keep Snyder and his family in their prayers.

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