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Sucka
02-23-2008, 17:12
http://www.9news.com/news/top-article.aspx?storyid=86924

WELD COUNTY - A firefighter was killed Saturday morning when the fire engine he was driving crashed and rolled.

The Ault-Pierce Fire Protection District says the fire engine was en route to render aid to a sick and injured caller in Ault when the fire truck was involved in a crash.

The Colorado State Patrol says the firefighter, who has been identified as 33-year-old Capt. Shane Stewart, was driving the truck at the time of the crash. They say Stewart was driving just south of Pierce, Colo., at 6:20 a.m. on southbound Weld County Road 33 when he ran off the left side of the road, overcorrected and went off the right side of the road.

Troopers say that's when the truck rolled onto its roof, ejecting and killing the driver. According to the state patrol, there was no one else on the truck at the time.

"In my 20 years experience as a law enforcement officer, I have never had occasion to see a fire truck involved in a crash like this," said Paul Matzke, captain of the Colorado State Patrol for Weld County.

Fire officials say Stewart had been a volunteer member with the Ault-Pierce Fire Department since August 2004. His brother and father are also volunteers with the 21-member department. Stewart was employed with the Colorado Department of Transportation and was married with two young children.

"In these smaller towns, the departments are usually made up of mostly volunteers," said Matzke. "So, it's a close community. These folks all know each other and I'm sure this is a real tragedy for all involved in this community."

A vigil has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pierce Fire Station.

Prayers with family and crew.

:angel:

pulaskipusher
02-23-2008, 17:21
My prayers are with the good captain, his department, and his family
Stay safe everybody, buckle up.

From www.firefighterclosecalls.com

RESPONDING FIREFIGHTER EJECTED AND KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-COLORADO
Saturday, February 23, 2008

We regret to advise you that a Fire Captain (age 34) with the Ault-Pierce Fire Protection District (Colorado) rolled their apparatus this morning and was killed in the Line of Duty on a rural road. The Firefighter was responding to a medical emergency around 0630 hours when the truck rolled in an intersection. The rig was a tender/tanker-pumper and it ran off the left side of the road, overcorrected, then ran off the right side, rolling one-quarter time and ejecting the driver. More details to follow. As always, our most sincere condolences go out to all affected.
SLOW DOWN. SEAT BELTS.

mtncat
02-23-2008, 19:11
RIP brother

FireCop-G19
02-27-2008, 09:28
Services are tomorrow, Thursday February 28, 10:00 at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, Colorado.

Joey
02-28-2008, 22:09
Services are tomorrow, Thursday February 28, 10:00 at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, Colorado.

How did it go, I had to work or would have been there.

FireCop-G19
02-29-2008, 12:04
It was a very nice service. About 1300 people attended, with an estimated 500 firefighters/police/ems personnel, and about 150 vehicles in the procession. I swear the procession was stretched out to about 3-4 miles, if not longer. It traveled from the Union Colony Civic Center to the Eaton Cemetery which is just east of Eaton. It was huge.

Two things that really hit me hard.... watching his 9 y/o son follow the casket out through the sea of blue holding his helmet, and the amount of people along the way that stopped everything they were doing to stand along side the road and on the sidewalks saluting as the procession went by. I think I saw as many tears from the public as there were from the rest of us. I swear, EVERYONE at the Swift plant was outside, and all their security personnel were standing at attention at all the entrances. It seemed like almost all the business along the route shut the doors and came outside. It was an amazing sight.

The final page got me too, always does. That is the ultimate "he's not coming back" moment.......

Some pics from 9News:

http://www.9news.com/9slideshows/Shane%20Stewart%20-%20Funeral%20Services/01.jpg

http://www.9news.com/9slideshows/Shane%20Stewart%20-%20Funeral%20Services/11.jpg

http://www.9news.com/9slideshows/Shane%20Stewart%20-%20Funeral%20Services/21.jpg

http://www.9news.com/9slideshows/Shane%20Stewart%20-%20Funeral%20Services/24.jpg

http://www.9news.com/9slideshows/Shane%20Stewart%20-%20Funeral%20Services/25.jpg

Joey
02-29-2008, 19:59
Wow................wish I could have been there but my old VFD sent an engine from what I understand & I see one of our ambulances in a picture.

Nothing is worse than last call, that gets me every time.