Madison County

Off-duty Richmond firefighter dies when truck hits tree

An off-duty Richmond firefighter died when a pickup truck he was driving ran off a road and struck a tree early Monday, according to a news release from the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Timothy Farthing, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene by Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison, Sheriff's Deputy Willard Reardon said.

Farthing had been a firefighter with the Richmond Fire Department for four years, said Angie Harvey, a secretary for the department. Farthing, who is survived by a wife and four children, also worked part-time for Madison County Emergency Medical Service, Harvey said.

Madison County deputy sheriffs were sent to Ky. 388 (Red House Road) just past Lost Fork Road at 2:21 a.m., Reardon said.

Deputies found that a white 2010 Dodge pickup had struck a tree. The truck had run off the left side of the road for an unknown reason; there were no signs of skid marks or braking.

Arrangements are being handled by Oldham Roberts & Powell Funeral Home in Richmond.