PB firefighter killed in traffic accident

Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services firefighter Caleb Satterlee, who was killed in a traffic accident early Thursday morning, was described as “a joy to be around,” by Chief Shauwn Howell.

“He had a great attitude and a bright future in life and in the fire service,” Howell said.

According to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police, Satterlee was driving northbound on U.S. 425 three miles south of the Lincoln County line when the 2006 Chevrolet pickup he was driving lost traction on the wet pavement.

Cpl. Morris Knight said in the report the pickup spun around, crossing the center line into the path of a tractor-trailer that was southbound at the time. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

Howell said Satterlee, who lived in Monticello, was on his way to work at the time of the accident. He was assigned to Station One at the Civic Center.

Assistant Chief Ernest Jones said Thursday morning that Satterlee had been with the fire department since Feb. 11, 2011, and was currently training to be a hazardous materials technician.

The accident was reported at 5:45 a.m. in Drew County.

“Our first priority is to be there for the family and support them,” Howell said. “We had counselors here today and we’ve had small-group meetings among ourselves so that we can all pull together and support each other at this time.”

Funeral services for Satterlee will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello, with visitation from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

“When something like this happens, it reminds us how short life can be and how quickly things can change,” Howell said. “We’re asking everyone to please keep his wife (Amy) and the family in their prayers.”