A former firefighter who lost his life in an accident Wednesday evening will long be remembered by his fellow firefighters he served with as a member of the Mid-County Fire Protection District roster. Francis (Frank) Geilfuss, 37, was killed early Wednesday evening in an accident near Roach.

A former firefighter who lost his life in an accident Wednesday evening will long be remembered by his fellow firefighters he served with as a member of the Mid-County Fire Protection District roster. Francis (Frank) Geilfuss, 37, was killed early Wednesday evening in an accident near Roach. 

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol report, Geilfuss was killed shortly before 5 p.m. when an unattended service truck rolled across the roadway and struck him where he was standing in the driveway of a home where he was working. The unoccupied 1999 Ford F-550 that struck Geilfuss was facing west across from 2682 Big Allen Drive when it rolled across the roadway.

It was a tough call for the Mid-County Fire Protection crews who responded to the scene. Geilfuss had been a full-time firefighter for the district until October when he resigned to take a job in the private sector. MCFPD Chief Scott Frandsen said Geilfuss was the kind of person you wanted on your crew. He was dedicated, always willing to help anyone out and had an infectious, outgoing personality that will be missed, he said. 

Geilfuss had been with the fire district for a number of years before he resigned. Although he no longer worked for the fire district, he was a member of the firefighting family, Frandsen said.  

Prior to joining the fire district, Geilfuss served in the U.S. Navy for over a decade. 

A post on the Camdenton VFW Facebook page simply said, “On behalf of the Camdenton VFW, we are deeply saddened by the news of Frank's departure. He was a great friend to many with an amazing sense of humor. He should be honored as a great firefighter and Navy veteran. We urge all veterans and firefighters to support his wonderful wife and children in this difficult time and beyond, and let them know just how much his friendship meant to us all."