A National Guardsman and local rescue squad worker died in a Sunday motorcycle crash on a narrow road in Pamlico County.
Steven B. Keech leaves behind a wife and four children under 12 years old.
Keech was driving his Kawasaki motorcycle south on Florence road at 85 mph when he crossed the center line going around a curve and ran into an oncoming pickup truck, according to the investigating trooper.
The scene was near the intersection with Murphy Farm Road.
Troopers got the call shortly before 1 p.m.
"He was here to serve his country, his patients... for the people that were in need," his wife said.
Keech, 38, had been in the National Guard for 20 years, his wife, Stacey, said. He had deployed to Iraq, Stacey said.
He was also a sergeant for the Vanceboro Rescue Squad.
"We've seen three or four accidents on this curve since we've been here," said Michael Lupton, who lives steps from the scene.
Keech was wearing a helmet, the investigating trooper said.
The man driving the oncoming truck, David I. Netting of Merritt, was not hurt.
Alcohol use by either driver is not suspected and no charges are expected to be filed, troopers said.