SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. (CBS/WGCL) The Georgia firefighter accused of taking video of the car crash that killed mother of two Dayna Kempson Schacht and which was shared at a bar has been fired, according to the Spalding County Fire Department.
Spalding County Interim Manager Tim Whalen served notice Thursday to firefighter Terrence Reid that the county was terminating his employment.
"When are they going to apologize to my little girl? When is [Reid] going to apologize to my daughter?" asked Lucretia Kempson, Dayna's mother.
Lucretia Kempson and Dayna's father Jeff found out Spalding County had fired Reid when CBS affiliate WGCL called them to get their reaction.
"We're grateful to Spalding County," said Jeff Kempson.
The county accused Reid of taking cell phone video of Dayna after she was involved in a fatal crash and of lying about the video to investigators.
Dayna died on July 17 when the 23-year-old mother of two lost control of her car
just off Highway 19-41 near Griffin, Ga., 40 miles south of Atlanta, and crashed into trees. The
coroner told her parents that she died instantly.
The Spalding County Sheriff's office says a firefighter took the video
on his personal cell phone and shared it with other firefighters. An
unknown firefighter later took the video to a bar and texted it to
other patrons. From there, the video spread.
Eventually, Dayna's parents saw it.
Jeff Kempson showed WGCL a clip of that video. You can hear two voices on it. The county said one of those voices belongs to Reid.
"Smell like she's been drinking. There is a piece of skull right there on the console," says one firefighter.
"I was wondering what that smell was. Hold that down for me. Oh, my God!" says a second person in the video.
"I don't understand why he even did it," said Lucretia Kempson.
"This may not be the only thing that we do as a result of this incident. I don't want to give any guarantees or make any promises," said Spalding County Attorney Virginia Martin. "I personally am dreadfully sorry that they have been put through this."
"They disrespected my daughter and she deserves an apology," said Lucretia Kempson.
Martin said officials are still trying to determine whom the second voice on the video belongs to.
The Kempsons said they are trying to get a law drafted and ultimately passed to keep something like this from happening to anyone else.
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