By Peter Becker, Managing Editor
HAMLIN- A policemand and volunteer fireman from Lackawanna County was electrocuted early Saturday morning June 22 near Hamlin, when he stopped to help a crash victim whose car was on fire.
State Police Honesdale reported that the crash took place at 3 a.m., on Sawmill Road (known as the Hamlin Bypass) in Salem Township. This was about a mile and a half east of SR 191. Angel Cortez, age 20, of Honesdale, was heading east when the car veered off the left side of the roadway. It went about 48 feet before striking a utility pole with the front end.
The car subsequently caught fire and became fully engulfed. Trooper T.J. Branning said it is not known how the operator exited the car; he was located approximately 15 feet behind the vehicle.
At about 3:10 a.m, another motorist came upon the scene.
Daniel Lomax, age 55, of Factoryville, got out of his vehicle to render assistance to the driver of the burning car.
Trooper Sharon Palmer said that Lomax came into contact with downed power lines which instantly caused his death.
Cortez suffered severe burns and was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Lehigh Valley Medical Center.
Lomax worked as a part-time police officer in Mayfield, Forest City and Great Bend, according to the "Law Enforcement Today" web site. He also was deputy chief of the Factoryville Fire Department and volunteered for the Meredith Hose Company.
PPL was called to the scene as well as Hamlin Fire & Rescue, Hamlin Ambulance and the Wayne County Coroner's Office. Coroner Edward Howell pronounced Lomax deceased at 5:49 a.m. Troopers John Bogarowski and Brian Rickard and Deputy Coroners Laura Swingle and Mark James were also on scene.