Trumbull volunteer firefighter dies in crash
A 27 year-old former volunteer firefighter was killed in a fiery two-car crash late Thursday night near the area of 411 Monroe Turnpike.
Frederick G. Schalich, of Wells Road in Monroe, succumbed to his injuries following the crash on Route 111, according to Monroe Police, despite efforts to extricate him from the burning car.
Officers reporting to the accident in the area of 411 Monroe Tpke. “found a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria on its side, engulfed in flames,” according to a statement by Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley. The town's fire departments also responded.
The second driver, a 21-year-old Stratford man who was driving a 2009 Dodge Charger, was treated for minor injuries, McCauley said. The case is being investigated by the department’s serious accident investigation unit.
Schalich was the son of past Trumbull Center Fire Chief Wayne P. Schalich and Mary Lou Schalich. According to the Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Fred Schalich was an active firefighter with the volunteers from April 2002 to June 2013.
The volunteers sent out the following message on the group's Facebook page today:
“It is with deep regret the Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc. announces the passing of Fred Schalich, former member and firefighter, son of Past Chief Wayne P. Schalich and mother, Mary Lou Schalich. Fred was also the nephew of former Captain Mark Schalich, Grandson of Past Assistant Chief and Fire Commissioner, William Schalich and Jacquline Schalich, Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc. Ladies Auxiliary member.
Fred was an active firefighter with the Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc. from April 2002 through June 2013. Fred was involved in a motor vehicle accident early this morning, which took his life at a very young age.
The friends, family and members of the Trumbull Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 Inc. and the Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary express their deep and sincere condolences to the Schalich family.”