A young volunteer firefighter has died in a car crash while responding to an incident in New Jersey on Christmas Day.

Natalie N. Dempsey, 21, lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a guardrail in Hamilton Township, in Mercer County, at around 6.20am, Fox News reports.

“She was one of the most beautiful-souled people you could imagine,” said Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company chief Jay Davenport. “The world was lollipops and rainbows for that girl. Her smile can light up the room.”

“At this time the Mizpah Fire Company has to announce the passing of Firefighter/Vice President Natalie Dempsey. Please keep her family in your prayers. We will keep you all updated on any funeral arrangements. This will be a funeral with full honors due to it being a line of duty passing,” the company said in the post.

Chief Jay Davenport told NJ.com he and a few other volunteer firefighters responded to the fire call and were heading back to the station when they stopped to help officers at the scene of the car crash. Davenport said it “smashed” his heart when he realized it was Dempsey who was killed in the wreck.

“She was one of the most beautiful-souled people you could imagine,” he told NJ.com “The world was lollypops and rainbows for that girl. Her smile can light up the room.”

Dempsey aspired to be a police officer and recently passed her Firefighter 1 certification. She had been a volunteer firefighter for the past three years.

Source: NJ & Fox News