Etowah Fire Dept. mourns lost member who began at 14

Matthew Perian was killed in a wreck Tuesday morning

ETOWAH, Tennessee (WDEF) – Fire officials are sharing more on their teenage member who was killed in a crash Tuesday in McMinn County.

18 year old Matthew Perian was driving on Highway 411 between Etowah and Delano around 6:30 AM.

State trooper say his vehicle hit a freightliner truck head on.

Perian just graduated from McMinn Central High last year.

But his career with the Etowah Volunteer Fire Department goes back further than that.

The Department posted that he began as an explorer member at the age of 14.

“Firefighter Perian was a kind soul and “Gentle Giant” so to say, often towering over most people. Firefighter Perian gave his time to his community and to his brothers and sisters.”

“In a world with so much pain and hurt, we ask that you be like Firefighter Perian and just be kind.”

Matthew Perian

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