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Thursday, September 8, 2016

USFA LODD: Texas Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 09.07.2016

On  September 7, 2016 at 1700hrs, in response to a tank battery fire, Firefighter Colby Slaughter, 36, 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.
Our condolences to the Slaughter Family & Friends, Wink Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Colby Slaughter’s passing.       
To date, 59 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Fatality Notices page. 

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.) 

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