Funeral held Sunday for firefighter killed in motorcycle accident



ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. - A teenage firefighter who was killed in a motorcycle crash received a full fireman's funeral Sunday as family and friends said goodbye.

A visitation for Caleb Benefield, 18, was held at Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover.

Benefield was headed to the Bethlehem Fire Department in Alexander County on Wednesday night. Benefield, who was a volunteer firefighter, was going to talk to students about the importance of fire safety. 

On his way there, he wrecked his motorcycle on Richey Road, less than 200 yards from the fire department. 

Troopers said his brakes locked up and that he lost control.

Benefield's brother, also a volunteer firefighter, was one of the first people to respond.