A motorcycle crash in the 3900 block of SE Loop 286 claimed the life of a Paris firefighter this morning, Paris Interim Fire Chief Thomas McMonigle confirmed.
"This morning, Paris Fire Department responded to a single vehicle accident where unfortunately the single occupant succumbed to his injuries. The driver, Layton Slade Baker, was a firefighter with Paris Fire Department since April 2017. He was 24 years old," McMonigle said. "Slade was assigned to B-Shift throughout his time with the PFD. He was an excellent firefighter, always striving to better himself both professionally and as a person.
"Slade loved life and was always smiling, yet he was the first to offer help to anyone who needed it. He had a true servant’s heart. No matter whether you were lucky enough to either know Slade on a personal basis or had met him in passing, he left a lasting impression on all."
McMonigle said the fire department asks the community to keep Baker's family and friends in thoughts and prayers. Paris Fire Department has stationed an honor guard to remain with his body during this time, the interim chief said.