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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 59th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Colby Slaughter has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Wink Volunteer Fire Department.

Colby Slaughter

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 10

Date of Incident: 09/07/2016
Time of Incident: 1700hrs
Date of Death: 09/07/2016

Fire Department: Wink Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 210 E. Hendricks Blvd, Wink, TX 79789
Fire Department Chief: Robbie Wolf

Incident Description: In response to a tank battery fire, Firefighter Colby Slaughter was driving a fire apparatus with its emergency warning lights and sirens on. While traveling westbound on State Highway 302, the fire apparatus was struck head-on by a semi-water hauler traveling eastbound as it attempted to pass other eastbound traffic. Firefighter Slaughter passed away on-scene from injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the semi-water hauler and one other firefighter in the fire apparatus were injured and airlifted to the hospital. Reports indicate that it was raining at the time of the crash.

Incident Location: State Highway 302 and FM 1232 between Kermit and Mentone, Texas

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Colby Slaughter at

To date, 59 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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