Firefighters across Western New York are mourning the death of Carl “Keifer” Stahlman, a veteran of the Niagara Falls Fire Department who was killed in an off-duty traffic accident on Christmas Eve.
Cliff Mayes, the acting Niagara Falls fire chief, remembered Stahlman as a joyful and committed firefighter.
favorite phrase, since his first day on the job – I heard this
thousands of times – was ‘What can I do for you?’” Mays said.
of Niagara police are continuing to investigate a fatal crash involving
the 51-year-old Stahlman who was killed in an accident that occurred
about 5:10 p.m. Monday on Fashion Outlet Boulevard near Military Road.
reported that Stahlman, an acting fire captain with the Falls fire
department, was operating a motorcycle, traveling north on Fashion
Outlet Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle exiting the Fashion
Outlets of Niagara Falls. He was ejected and died at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old Grand Island woman was not injured.
of Niagara Police were assisted by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
Accident Reconstruction Team and members of the crime scene unit. Other
assisting agencies were the New York State Police, Niagara Falls Police,
Niagara Active Hose and Mercy EMS.
Charges will be determined upon the completion of the accident investigation, authorities have said.
Stahlman is survived by his wife and three children.