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

I apologize for missing our Brothers LODD and not posting it sooner.

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 Elias Jaquez has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Cactus Volunteer Fire Department

Elias Jaquez

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 49
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 2
Date of Incident: 04/09/2011
Time of Incident: 1700hrs
Date of Death: 04/20/2011

Fire Department: Cactus Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 201 Hwy 287, Cactus, TX 79013
Fire Department Chief: Raul Cicneros

Incident Description: Firefighter Jaquez, and three other firefighters were injured after a Dumas and Cactus, TX, fire truck became stuck in the rough terrain while operating on a wildland firefight. Jaquez suffered 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body and was rushed for treatment to the Lubbock Burn Center where he remained in critical condition until his passing.

Incident Location: Road U, Moore County, TX

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: A benefit fund has been established in honor of Firefighter Elias Jaquez at the Happy State Bank (

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Elias Jaquez at

To date, 31 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 28 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 @

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