Off-duty Kissimmee firefighter killed in crash

11-year veteran William Manning killed in early-morning crash

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William Manning.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A Kissimmee firefighter riding a motorcycle while off-duty was killed Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Osceola County, officials said.

Lt. William Manning, 39, died in the crash, which occurred around 8 a.m. on the Interstate 4 off-ramp at Osceola Parkway.

Manning was taken to Celebration Hospital and was later pronounced dead.  He is survived by his wife, siblings and mother.

"This is a very tragic day for the Kissimmee Fire Department and the Manning family," said Acting Fire Chief Jeremy Donovan.  "Lieutenant Manning's pride and ownership in the fire service was second to none.  His dedication to the department and the safety of the citizens of Kissimmee will greatly be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family."

The crash is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Manning began his career with the Kissimmee Fire Department in August 2001 and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in September 2012.  

Manning was a member of Florida Task Force 4, Central Florida's Urban Search and Rescue Team. He also was an instructor at the Central Florida Fire Academy and taught current and future firefighters across the state.

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