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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 63rd Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Larry Nelson has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Val Verde County Rural Fire Department.

Larry Gale Nelson

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 61
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 6
Date of Incident: 08/12/2011
Time of Incident: 1215hrs
Date of Death: 08/12/2011

Fire Department: Val Verde County Rural Volunteer Fire Department
Address: PO Box 420836, 1690 Cienegas RD, Del Rio, TX 78842-0836
Fire Department Chief: Jerry Rust
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Lieutenant Nelson passed away from a cause still to be determined while working at the fire station and experiencing a fall from a small step ladder. Lt. Nelson had also responded to an emergency call the previous day that was canceled while en route.
Incident Location: Station 3, 6911 Rec Road 2, Del Rio, TX

Funeral Arrangements: Visitations will be on Monday, 1-9:00P.M, August 15, 2011 and with a Chapel service at 3:00P.M, at G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Gerald L. Prather, Chaplain, Maj. Gen., USAF (Ret.) Visitations and Church service will also be in Andrews, Texas. Visitations will on Tuesday, 5-9:00P.M, August 16, 2011 at the McNett Funeral Home and Church services will be on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 10:00A.M, at the Andrews Church of Christ, Andrews, Texas followed by burial at the Andrews County Cemetery.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In Lieu of Usual Remembrances donations can be made to the Val Verde County Rural Fire Department.

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Larry Gale Nelson at
To date, 63 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 58 from incidents that occurred in 2011 and five from previous years’ incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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