A statement from the East Point Fire Department:
The City of East Point Fire Department is mourning the death of a 15 year veteran of the Fire Service. Firefighter Carl Blake was killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday, June 4, 2012 on Jones Road in Northwest Atlanta. A Preliminary investigation revealed that Firefighter Blake was traveling north in the 2300 block of Jones Road on his 2007 Suzuki GSXR Motorcycle when he allegedly lost control of his motorcycle.
According to Atlanta Police reports, a witness to the accident indicated she was
backing out of the driveway in the 2300 block of Jones Road, when she noticed Mr. Blake’s motorcycle. Reports indicate the witness stated “…she applied her brakes, and saw Mr. Blake lose control of his motorcycle.” The police report indicated that Mr. Blake hit the curb, and became airborne striking a utility pole. The report further indicated there was “no collision between Mr. Blake’s vehicle and Ms. Grimes vehicle.”
Firefighter Blake was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet, but it came off upon impact.
Fire Chief Rosemary R. Cloud said the loss is weighing heavy on the Department. “Firefighter Blake’s death has had an enormous impact on us all. As one can imagine the mood throughout the Department is somber. Blake was a model Firefighter. On his last night of duty, Sunday, June 3, 2012 he bravely fought a fire at the business Kitchen and Bath at 1562 East Forrest Avenue. Although his career has ended with us, he will forever be remembered.”
Grief counseling will be setup for the entire Department. Funeral arrangements are pending.