Waubeka assistant fire chief dies in motorcycle crash

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Koehler of the Waubeka Fire Department passed away in a motorcycle crash on Friday, Nov. 2.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, a Fredonia man was critically injured in a motorcycle crash on Highway H, east of Highway M in the Town of Farmington at around 8:10 p.m. He was taken to the hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The Waubeka Fire Department shared the following message on their Facebook page:

"It is with very heavy hearts & deep regret that the Waubeka Fire Department must announce the passing of Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Koehler.

Bruce Koehler passed away yesterday from a fatal motorcycle accident.

Please keep the Koehler family in your thoughts and prayers as they cope with this difficult time."

The Village of Grafton Fire Department also shared a touching message in honor of Chief Koehler.

"It is with great sadness that I share the news of the unexpected passing of Assistant Chief Bruce Koehler of the Waubeka Fire Department. Bruce was killed in a motorcycle accident in Washington County last night. Bruce was one of the finest Chief Fire Officers in our County. He brought calmness and professionalism to the most challenging emergencies. Our deepest condolences go to his Fire Department, family and to Dawn Ann."

Chief Koehler was 53 years old.

This is the 9th traffic fatality in Washington County this year.