by Emily Waldrep
A two vehicle crash in Colmesneil took the life of a beloved Colmesneil resident and Tyler County EMS employee who definitely made her mark on citizens in the area.
At approximately 5:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, a tractor trailer truck was driving southbound on US 69 and Sara Vaughn Irvin was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt car northbound on US 69. For unknown reasons, Irvin drifted into the southbound lane of traffic and struck the 18-wheeler. Irvin, age 67, of Colmesneil was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Powers. The driver of the truck was Jackie Lanning, age 44, of Arkansas. He was not injured in the crash.
Investigation is still underway to see what caused Irvin to drift into the other lane.
Irvin made her mark in Tyler County as an Tyler County EMS employee that had a passion for her line of work. Those that knew her say she was an inspiration to anyone wanting to work with EMS or first responders.
"I met Sara in the mid 1980's when I first started my career and I will just say that she is someone I admired and really respected, and I knew she was a true public servant because she loved what she did and her enthusiasm for what she did was obvious because she always had a smile on her face, she was always upbeat," Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department said. "She was a tremendous inspirations to so many people in that line of work, whether it be police, fire, or EMS."
Irvin worked closely with all first responders in Tyler County, and was very well known and respected.
"All the guys always talked and agreed if anything happened we wanted Sara there to get us help. That was understood," McCulley said.
"On behalf of the entire Woodville Police Department and Tyler County Sheriff's Department, we want to say that Sara was a tremendous inspiration to anyone who wanted to get into this line of work. Looking back on all the calls of service we were at during the same time, every time we saw her work with EMS it was obvious that she cared about the people and she cared about what she did. We are all really going to miss her. She was a mentor to so many people and was very well thought of and respected by anybody in law enforcement that worked with her all these years. She was a fantastic person."
Sara Irvin's Funeral was held at Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home on March 16 and was well attended by all of Tyler County's first responders, friends and family.
"Sara made an impact on everyone," said one Dogwood EMS worker. "Everyone she met knew that she had a passion for what she did and she just genuinely cared about people, and that was obvious when you talked to her."