Texas Responders Remember Medic Killed in Off-Duty Crash
Captain Randy Trinkle, a paramedic and a 15-year veteran of Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, was killed early Saturday in a head-on traffic collision near Fredericksburg, EMS officials said. Trinkle was 46.
Fredericksburg police said Saturday night that the accident was under investigation. They did not provide additional information.
Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman Jeff Steele said Trinkle was returning from work to his home in Fredericksburg when the collision occurred about 9 a.m. Trinkle was taken to Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, where he was pronounced dead, Steele said.
Trinkle touched the lives of many people, a statement from Austin-Travis County EMS said.
"Captain Trinkle was friendly and outgoing. His professionalism and dedication to the EMS profession and to the community he served was an inspiration to all," the statement said. "He will be missed by all who knew him."
Trinkle served in many capacities, most recently as a training officer and member of the Special Operations Team and Texas Task Force 1, the EMS said in a press release. He also worked occasionally with the Fredericksburg EMS.
EMS Chief Ernesto Rodriguez and members of the department were with Trinkle's family this morning to offer condolences and support, the EMS said. Funeral arrangements were pending. Steele said Trinkle is survived by two children.
News of Trinkle's death was posted on the Austin Fire Department's Facebook page, where friends and members of the emergency responders community offered condolences and expressed shock at Trinkle's death.
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