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Posted April 16, 2014 EST

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Firefighter Jerry Chapman Killed In The Line Of Duty
Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief ordered all personnel to evacuate the property. Shortly thereafter, a massive explosion occurred damaging or destroying a portion of the City of West. Many people were injured or killed as a result of the explosion. Due to the timely efforts of first responders and other volunteers working in the face of pending catastrophe to evacuate occupancies nearby the fertilizer plant, many other lives were saved.

Incident Location: West Fertilizer CO, 1471 Jerry Mashek DR, West, TX 76691

Age: 26
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Apr 17, 2013
Date of Death: Apr 17, 2013
Cause of Death: Struck By
Nature of Death: Trauma
Activity Type: Unknown
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed Property Use: Manufacturing

Department Information

Abbott Volunteer Fire Department
Abbott, Texas 76621

Written by USFA