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The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: TX

It's been awhile since there was a need to post a Brothers'/Sisters' passing while on a job. These things we don't like to read let alone I don't like posting. Now there are several and it's time we once again ponder why so many?

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter Gregory Mack Simmons has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Eastland Volunteer Fire Department.

Gregory Mack Simmons

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 20+
Date of Incident: 04/15/2011
Time of Incident: 1300hrs
Date of Death: 04/15/2011

Fire Department: Eastland Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 414 S Seaman ST, Eastland, TX 76448
Incident Description: While seeking safety from an area being overrun by flames during wildland firefighting operations, Firefighter Simmons passed away from blunt force trauma consistent with being struck by a vehicle.

Reports indicate that while he and other firefighters were trying to escape the fire, Simmons exited his apparatus and ran into or near a smoke obscured roadway and was struck by an unknown vehicle.
Investigation into the fatal incident continues by local and state authorities.
Incident Location: County Road 323, Carbon/Eastland, TX
Funeral Arrangements: 04/20/2011 @ 1300hrs, Leon River Cowboy Church, 491 County Road 447, Eastland, TX.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Eastland ISD Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 31, Eastland, TX 76448; and/or the Eastland Volunteer Fire Department, 414 S. Seaman, Eastland, TX 76448.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Gregory Mack Simmons at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/

To date, 27 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 24 from incidents that occurred in 2011 and three from previous years’ incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @ http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats....

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