SARASOTA, Fla. — Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier is mourning the loss of a friend and former coworker. Retired firefighter Wes Weysham was killed over the weekend while helping a motorist on I-75 in Hillsborough County.
“It was pure instinct and I’m sure he would have done it for anyone,” said Regnier.
Troopers said Regnier was assisting an impaired driver on the side of the road when another vehicle crashed into the scene. The impact killed Weysham.
"You do things like Wes did that morning through your whole career, and to have that cut short is a tragedy that I can’t even put words to,” said Regnier.
Weysham retired from the department in 2017. Regnier said the retired firefighter was spending time enjoying his family.
The Sarasota Fire Department plans to release memorial plans for Weysham later this week.