Wife laments loss of beloved husband who died in ambulance crash

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NEVADA, Mo. — A Nevada man is dead and two emergency responders are hospitalized after an ambulance crash. It happened Wednesday night on northbound Interstate 49, just north of Harrisonville.

Thursday we learned two highly respected paramedics at the Vernon County Ambulance District were both injured when their ambulance crashed. A beloved assistant pastor died in the crash.

“Wonderful husband, wonderful dad and wonderful grandparent,” Tricia Brandt said.

That’s how Tricia remembers her childhood sweetheart and husband of 44 years, Shelby Brandt, who she’s now mourning.

Investigators with the Missouri Highway Patrol say Wednesday night Vernon County paramedics Gavin Crocker and Josh Jeffries were transporting Shelby from a Nevada hospital to the VA Hospital in Kansas City for tests. While travelling down I-49 in Cass County, the two medics’ ambulance slid on wet pavement, travelled off the roadway and rolled over.

Sixty-five year-old Shelby, the beloved assistant pastor and Vietnam veteran, died in the crash.

Paramedic Jeffries suffered broken bones, his co-worker and friend Crocker suffered minor injuries. Tricia said her husband dutifully served ministry during his lifetime.

“He was an awesome man, loved the Lord, put everyone before his self. He had a jail ministry, had a Walmart ministry,” Tricia said.

Right now the two paramedics remain at a Kansas City hospital. Funeral services for Shelby Brandt haven’t been scheduled.



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