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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: TX

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 3rd & 4th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighters & Lieutenants Eric Wallace & Gregory Pickard have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families and members of the Bryan Fire Department.

Eric Wallace

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 13

Date of Incident: 02/15/13
Time of Incident: 2320hrs
Date of Death: 02/16/13

Gregory Pickard

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 54
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 32

Date of Incident: 02/15/13
Time of Incident: 2320hrs
Date of Death: 02/16/13

Fire Department: Bryan Fire Department
Address: 300 William Joel Bryan Parkway, Bryan, TX 77803
Fire Department Chief: Randy McGregor

Incident Description: While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Funeral Arrangements: Lieutenant Wallace - Visitation will be Wednesday, 2/20/13, from 1800hrs to 2000hrs at Adams Funeral Home, 129 Coleman ST, Marlin, TX. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 2/21/13, at 1000hrs at First Baptist Church of Bryan, 3100 Cambridge DR, Bryan, TX. The funeral procession will follow with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery, located one mile east of Marlin, TX, on Farm to Market Road 147. Lieutenant Pickard - Visitation will be held Thursday, 2/21/13, from 1700hrs to 2000hrs at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 East 29TH ST, Bryan, TX. Funeral services will be held Friday, 2/22/13 at 1000hrs at Central Baptist Church, 1991 Farm to Market Road 158, College Station, TX. The funeral procession will follow with burial at the College Station Memorial Cemetery, 3800 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, College Station.

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Wallace and Lieutenant Pickard at

To date, 4 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2013. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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