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East Granby fire chief remembered by peers after deadly crash

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Peter Ahlstrin. (East Granby Volunteer Fire Dept. photo) Peter Ahlstrin. (East Granby Volunteer Fire Dept. photo)
East Granby Fire Chief Peter Ahlstrin was killed in a crash on Route 20 in Windsor Thursday night, according to state police. (WFSB photo) East Granby Fire Chief Peter Ahlstrin was killed in a crash on Route 20 in Windsor Thursday night, according to state police. (WFSB photo)
WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

East Granby's fire chief was killed in a crash that happened in Windsor overnight.

State police said Chief Peter Ahlstrin, 29, died in a single-vehicle crash on Route 20.

The crash closed Route 20 eastbound at Hamilton Road just before 1 a.m. on Friday.

Troopers said Ahlstrin lost control of his truck.

They said he was thrown from the vehicle and pinned underneath it. His vehicle hit a wire guide rail and rolled down an embankment.

"It's so difficult when there's any loss of life, but when you've got a 29-year-old and someone who is as motivated and decent as Pete Ahlstrin, to have a loss like that through an accident is just devastating," said First Selectman James Hayden.

Hayden called Ahlstrin a well-liked personable problem solver.

Both attended the same church when they were younger. Hayden said he was among the first people to learn what happened.

Now he said his prayers are going to Ahlstrin's immediate family and extended family, including his brothers and sisters within the fire service.

It's a group sharing hugs, tears and immense pain.

Lt. Christina Burkert spent six years working alongside Ahlstrin.

"[He was] very personable, caring, and wanted to do the best for the community," Burkert said.

She also called him well-liked and admired.

"Through the years he aspired to become an officer and then chief," she said.

Surrounding towns are being used to handle emergency calls for the short term, according to Hayden. Grief counselors are also being brought in to work with firefighters.

The East Granby Volunteer Fire Department posted about Ahlstrin's death on its Facebook page.

"With deepest sympathies the East Granby Fire Department is saddened to report the untimely death of Peter Ahlstrin, chief, East Granby Fire Department," the post read. "Please respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time. Rest easy Chief, we'll take it from here."

Gov. Dannel Malloy also sent out his condolences over Twitter.

Those who knew him said he was not married and had no children.

The fire department said it is working with his family on funeral arrangements.

See more photos of Ahlstrin here.

The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police.

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