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Mark Rexroat victim in Friday collision

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Former Bedford fire chief

By Dave Taylor

Mark Rexroat, longtime Bedford firefighter and EMT, has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash east of Bedford Friday. Dispatchers at Kentucky State Police Post 5 received a call at 7:28 p.m. Friday of a crash between a motorcyle and a truck. Preliminary investigation shows Rexroat, 43 years old from Bedford, was traveling east on U.S. 42 on his motorcycle. Perry Cook, 49, also from Bedford, was traveling west on Hwy. 42 in a truck. Cook attempted to make a left turn onto Havens Avenue near the Bedford Baptist Church and drove into the path of Rexroat. Rexroat’s motorcycle struck the truck and he was thrown from the motorcycle. Rexroat was flown by Air Methods, Inc. to the University of Louisville where he later died. State police said Rexroat was wearing a helmet. Cook was not injured in the crash. A Montana native, Rexroat had worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for nine years serving Trimble and Henry Counties. For his exceptional service as an EMT he was once named the EMT of the Year. He volunteered for the Bedford Fire Department shortly after moving to Trimble County serving for over 10 years. He served as Fire Chief for two years and Assistant Fire Chief for one year. Rexroat was an avid University of Kentucky Wildcats fan and enjoyed hunting. Rexroat was well known in the community both for his service as an EMT and firefighter and for his involvement in the school and youth league activities that involved his five children. Rexroat’s wife of 22 years, Sarah Rexroat, is also an EMT and responded to the scene of the accident before she knew her husband was involved, sources said. Trooper Dusty Corbin, an accident reconstructionist, is leading the ongoing investigation. Trooper Corbin was assisted at the scene by the Trimble County Sheriff’s Office, Bedford Fire Department, Milton Fire Department and Trimble County EMS.