FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – One Hurricane Irma casualty in Georgia is the wife of a former Cumming chief of police. She was killed Monday when a very large tree fell on a vehicle in a Forsyth County driveway, officials said.

Nancy and Mike Eason were checking on relatives when a tree crashed down on the car in a private driveway near Shadburn Road, reported WSB-TV.

According to Forsyth County firefighters, the incident occurred just after dark when the weather was bad.

“This was during the height of some of the worst weather we were experiencing this afternoon,” Forsyth County fire Chief Jason Shivers told the news station. “The winds had picked up and were gusting very, very strongly.”

Hurricane Irma Casualty

The report indicates that Nancy Eason was in the passenger seat at the time of the deadly accident. Her tragedy was one of at least three deaths in Georgia blamed on Irma, a devastating system that has left more than 1 million customers in the state without power.

The former chief, Mike Eason, was driving. Firefighters say he amazingly walked away with only minor injuries from the personal disaster.

“They were a very big help in the community and that’s what they were doing. (They) were coming by to make sure everybody was OK with the storms going on,” relative Stanley Shadburn said.

Family members said they are heartbroken and so are many others in the community who knew and loved Nancy Eason.

“It’s going to be a tough road for us, but … with everyone’s prayers, we’ll get through it,” Shadburn said.

Mike Eason was named Cumming’s police chief in 2005 after 31 years of experience with the GBI, reported AJC.com.

Moreover, during the 1996 Olympics, he served as state coordinator for thousands of visiting police from local, state and military departments.

Mike Eason also directed state police at the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta and consulted for the Australian police before the 2000 Games in Sydney.

Cumming Police Department

In a statement, the Cumming Police Department described Nancy Eason as “a wonderful lady with a kind giving heart and a friend to many.” They continued, “This is a huge loss to our community. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

WSB-TV News Broadcast

Video from the WSB-TV news broadcast show a crushed vehicle after the huge tree came down on it.

Hurricane Casualties in Law Enforcement

In addition to massive property damage, Hurricane Irma has now claimed three lives connected to law enforcement. On Sunday, Deputy Julie Bridges was involved in a collision with Sgt. Joseph Ossman in Florida. The two officers were fulfilling their duties at the height of Irma barreling through Florida.

Hurricane Harvey in Texas claimed the life of Sgt. Steve Perez. Sadly, he drowned as he was driving his marked patrol vehicle to work during the hurricane. He had left his residence 2 ½ hours prior to his shift in an attempt to find a safe route to the police department and report to his duty station.

Perez was assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division in Houston. Unable to make it downtown due to the impassable roads as a result of the hurricane, he contacted his supervisor via radio and advised that he was reporting to an alternate duty station in Kingwood.

Perez failed to make roll call at the Kingwood Station. His body was later discovered in his patrol unit, swept away by a torrential rushing tide of water. He died of an apparent drowning.

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