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Firefighter dies in Mitchell’s Pass

A Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) firefighter was killed in a motor car accident after he and his colleagues had been fighting fires near Ceres on Sunday evening.

The team was en route back to their Worcester base when the fire truck they were travelling in veered off the road and rolled down the embankment in Mitchell’s Pass near Ceres. The driver of the vehicle allegedly lost control of the truck due to the wet roads.

Colin Reynhard (55), from Malmesbury, died at the scene, while two reservist firefighters, Heinrich Matthyssen (29) and Corbin Cupido (20), were admitted to a local hospital for observation.

Cupido was discharged later that same evening, while Matthyssen was kept for further observation and was likely to be discharged later today.

“This is immensely sad news, the loss of a firefighter at any time is tragic,” said CWDM Mayor Dr Helena von Schlicht, “However, this loss has occurred so very early in our fire season, which officially started on 1 November. It brings into [sharp] focus the danger our firefighters face daily. On behalf of our council and fellow colleagues, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Colin Reynhard, who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Reynhard was an experienced firefighter who had joined CWDM Division: Fire Services in 2003. “He will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him,” the Mayor said.

He is survived by wife Sandra and two children, Sammy-Jo (24) and Conique (30).

Reynhard worked at Malmesbury Fire Station for many years before moving to CWDM.

His daughter, Sammy-Jo, said the family received the tragic news of her father’s untimely death at 01:00 on Monday morning.

“I am currently too shocked to say anything,” she said. “We as a family are consumed by grief.”

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