Tragedy in Texas - 3 First Responders Killed in Separate Accidents
(left-to-right) Lousie Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter Steven Henderson, San Antonio Fire Department Firefighter Greg Garza, and Falls County Sheriff's Department K9 Deputy Matt Jones.
All struck by vehicles in separate incidents in Texas over the past week. May you all rest in peace...
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FALLS COUNTY, Texas - We see the signs all the time. The ones that tell you to pull over for stopped emergency vehicles. The ones that tell you to give roadside workers a break. The signs promising hefty fines if you hit a worker on the road. Yes, we all see them, and for the most part we listen and obey... but what happens when those warnings aren't heeded? Just ask the first responder community in Texas and they will tell you about a horrible week recently where three Texas first responders where struck and killed by vehicles while on duty in a weeks time.
On October 7, 2019, two Louise Volunteer Fire Department firefighters, having cleared a previous call, stopped in their lane of travel on Farm-to-Market (FM) 647, south of Highway 59 near Louise, Texas, to check the fire engine's front tires, believing something was wrong.
Both firemen were struck by a Dodge dually pickup truck traveling southbound on FM 647. Firefighter Steven Henderson was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he succumbed to his injuries on October 12, 2019.
On October 11, 2019, Falls County Sheriff's Department K-9 Deputy Matt Jones was assisting a motorist on Highway 6 in between Riesel and Marlin, Texas, when a vehicle hydroplaned and struck him and Riesel Police Department Chief Danny Krumnow. Jones was pronounced deceased at the scene and Krumnow remains hospitalized.
On October 15, 2019, San Antonio Fire Department Firefighter Greg Garza stumbled off a fire apparatus while at a fire call near downtown San Antonio, Texas, and was struck by a van. He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
Please remember to drive safely when you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road working. Slow down, remove distractions, pay attention, and most of all, stay safe. It has been reported since this story released that the driver who struck the Louise Fireman was also a fireman himself with the same FD.
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