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Country singer who helped at crash says firefighters deserve praise

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Country music star Craig Morgan said a recent crash on the interstate is proof of how hard people work at volunteer fire departments.

Morgan was riding in his tour bus on Interstate 40 earlier this month, heading home to Dickson after wrapping up a tour, when three tractor trailers, including a tanker truck and a loaded horse trailer, crashed right in front of them in Humphreys County.

Morgan has training as an EMT and fireman, so he immediately grabbed a fire extinguisher to help put out some of the flames.

"For me, its natural. The problem is I do it every time I see something, so every time I do it, somebody wants to talk about it," Morgan said. "We don't need to talk about this. What we do need to talk about are those first responders, the Humphreys volunteer fire department. When those guys got there, they started working immediately."

Morgan pulled two children from a Dickson house fire back in 2011, but he said the volunteer firefighters deserve a lot of recognition.

He said the Humphreys County volunteer department needs better equipment, and he even donated to them after the crash.

"Public service in that arena is stuff I've done my whole life, and I will always do. I still work with the reserve program in Dickson today, and I work hard at it. I train hard when I'm given the opportunity, because I don't want to let anyone down," Morgan said.

Morgan said he hopes that it inspires people to use whatever skills they have to help in an emergency. Two of the truck drivers from the I-40 crash had minor injuries and were taken to Three Rivers Hospital for treatment.

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