Man Forgives The Paramedic Who Accidentally Killed His Wife After He Fell Asleep At The Wheel

Hands clasp in motion of forgiveness.

In October 2, 2006, then 20-year-old firefighter paramedic Matt Swatzell was heading home after spending the previous 24 hours saving lives. He was exhausted after his long shift and closed his eyes for only a few seconds while behind the wheel. Those few seconds were all it took for him to nod off and accidentally crash into another car. The passengers in the vehicle he collided with were a young mother and her 19-month-old daughter, Faith, according to Today.

Swatzell was horrified when he realized what he had done. Though he had dedicated his career to saving lives, his mistake cost the young mother, 30-year-old June Fitzgerald, her life.

“I can still see it. I can still smell it. The horrendous noise and the glass breaking,” Swatzell said.

June Fitzgerald was the wife of Erik Fitzgerald, a pastor at a local church. After being told the news of his wife’s death, he recalls breaking down while holding his sleeping daughter, Faith, who had survived the crash.

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