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Family calling for changes at intersection where Waterloo firefighter was hit and killed

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A grieving father in eastern Iowa is calling for changes, saying an intersection where his son was hit and killed has vital flaws. 

27-year-old Greg Freshwater was running when he didn't see an SUV and got hit last month at the intersection of Ansborough Avenue and Shaulis Road. Sadly, he later died. 

It's been two weeks since that tragic accident.

His uncle Marty Freshwater says, "It's been ups and downs. Sometimes right out of the blue, it will hit you and then other times, we laugh about old times."

For Marty, it can be painful. He drives down the same road where Greg was killed almost every day. He says it's dangerous.

"There are just a lot of obstacles for that whole section of Shaulis Road," he says.

At the intersection where Greg was killed, there are only two stop signs, both on Shaulis Road- nothing on Ansborough. The speed limit where the SUV was traveling is 45 mph. There's also a huge electrical transmission pole, which can block your view. 

Greg's father Jeff went before the Waterloo City Council yesterday to raise awareness on the dangers of the intersection. Jeff says by adding 2 more stop signs, making it a four-way stop, it can possibly prevent a tragic accident from happening again. The Freshwater's say this has not only affected their family, but the driver's life as well. 

"It's for everybody's safety, let's not forget about the driver that was driving the car too. It's for the pedestrians and the drivers," Marty says.

He and Jeff say it's a simple change that could help protect the citizens of Waterloo, just like Greg did.

At the Waterloo City Council meeting, Mayor Quentin Hart says the changes proposed by Jeff Freshwater are something they will definitely look at.

The Waterloo Community Foundation has set up a scholarship in Greg's name for Waterloo firefighters who are also going to paramedic school. Greg was just one week into classes at Hawkeye Community College before the tragedy.

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