Fire Chief Dies After Responding To Blaze

Fire Chief Dies After Responding To Blaze

( – According to FEMA, fire departments all over the United States respond to hundreds of thousands of residential building fires every year.

On March 5, the City of Borger in Fritch, Texas, announced on social media that Firch Fire Chief Zeb Smith passed away after responding to a structure fire that day. The dedication praised his bravery and “unwavering commitment” to his community. In the post, the city explained there were “unforeseen challenges” during the call but didn’t specify exactly what happened. Lifesaving measures were taken on the scene, and Smith was transported to the hospital, but he didn’t survive.

While there have recently been active wildfires burning across parts of Texas, News Channel 10 reported the structural fire wasn’t connected to the ongoing blaze. Still, Borger City Public Information Officer Brandon Strope said Chief Smith had been fighting the wildfires along with his fellow volunteer firefighters for the “last nine days.” He was the first one to arrive at this particular fire and went inside to see if anyone needed help. His cause of death was not initially revealed, although some recent reports indicate he suffered from a heart attack while responding to the blaze.

Smith had been with the Fritch Volunteer FD for seven years, earning the title of chief four years ago. He had a wife and two children, and his fellow firefighters considered him a friend. Stinnett Fire Chief Allan Wells said he would be missed.

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott commented about the chief’s death during a news conference. He called the news “tragic and sad,” adding that he was “proud and grateful” that Smith was willing to risk his life in service of others. Abbott said, “That is what Texas heroism is all about.”

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