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Texas fire chief, firefighter killed in crash while returning to station from call

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A northwestern Texas town is mourning the loss of two firefighters killed in a car crash while returning to the station from a call.

In a Facebook post, the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department said firefighter Brendan Torres, 19, and Chief Curtis Brown, 51, died during a collision with a semi-trailer truck Tuesday night.

Both Torres and Brown were pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is with hearts full of sadness and grief, that we inform you, last night DVFD lost 2 of our own in a vehicle accident,” the department wrote. “Please give the families, Firefighters, and their families space and time as we figure out how to move forward.”

TEXAS VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER FOUND DEAD AT HOME HOURS AFTER RESPONDING TO CALL

Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department Chief Curtis Brown (L) and firefighter Brendan Torres (R) were killed in a crash Tuesday night.
(Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook)

The morning after the crash, Dalhart Mayor Justin Moore asked that businesses within the city lower flags to half-staff in honor of Torres and Brown.

Moore also issued the following statement to local media outlet My High Plains:

“These two men gave their lives doing what they lived for. They both had a servant’s heart and gave so much to the community. Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department is currently in Standby STATUS and is being assisted by other agencies in the area. Please keep the families of these two men and our city in your prayers as we endure this difficult time.”

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FILE - Flags at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland are lowered to half-staff in honor of Dalhart firefighters killed in the line of duty.

FILE – Flags at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland are lowered to half-staff in honor of Dalhart firefighters killed in the line of duty.
(National Emergency Training Center)

Dalhart is a small town in the Texas panhandle that sits in Hartley and Dallam counties.

Hartley County Judge Ronnie Gordon and Dallam County Judge Wes Ritchey issued a joint proclamation Wednesday declaring Thursday, Oct. 6, as “Curtis Brown and Brendan Torres Day.”

The day was marked as a celebration of life for both men and “their tireless service and commitment” to both counties.

Services for Torres and Brown are scheduled to take place Monday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Rita Blanca Coliseum.

Texas firefighters salute the procession for fallen Dalhart firefighter Brendan Torres and Chief Curtis Brown.

Texas firefighters salute the procession for fallen Dalhart firefighter Brendan Torres and Chief Curtis Brown.
(The 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle/Facebook)

The two men mark the 76th and 77th on-duty firefighter deaths this year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

Source: Fox News