Hillsborough County fire medic dies in Brooksville crash: FHP

A Hillsborough County fire medic died in a crash in Brooksville on Tuesday afternoon after his car struck a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Fire Medic 1 Steven Haberland, 50, of Dade City, died in a crash, the department confirmed. 

According to FHP, Haberland was driving east in the inside lane of SR-50, or Cortez Boulevard, in Brooksville at 4:48 p.m. Tire treads and debris are still visible at the crash site west of I-75.

Photo courtesy: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue

Just before reaching Olympia Road, troopers say Haberland tried to pass another vehicle by using the center grass median when he lost control of the car. The car then spun across travel lanes, struck a fence on the south shoulder, and collided with a tree.

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Haberland, who troopers say was not restrained, died at the scene of the crash.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue released a statement on Facebook saying he "leaves behind a legacy of dedication, bravery, and service. He was more than a brother and coworker to us; he was a cherished member of our family."

A LinkedIn profile says for over 18 years, he worked to save people in all kinds of situations.

Hillsborough Fire Rescue also said, "Steve's commitment to serving our community was unparalleled. His unwavering bravery and selflessness in the line of duty exemplified the true spirit of a public servant. As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate the remarkable impact he had on so many lives... Please take a few moments of your day to pause in support of his family."

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