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Dallas Firefighter William Tanksley Killed After Being Thrown From Overpass
February 12, 2014

Texas - Incident Location: Spur 408 Bridge and Interstate-20As road conditions in Dallas began icing over and visibility was hampered by mist and fog, Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was operating at the scene of an auto accident which occurred on a bridge in Southwest Dallas. Tanksley was setting road flares to warn motorists of the accident when he was reportedly struck by a passing vehicle and fell a significant distance off of the bridge to the ground below. Responding EMS personnel attempted resuscitation efforts en route to the hospital where Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was pronounced dead.Incident Location: Spur 408 Bridge and Interstate-20

Age: 40
Rank: Fire Rescue Officer
Classification: Career
Incident Date: Feb 10, 2014 20:10
Date of Death: Feb 10, 2014
Cause of Death: Fall
Nature of Death: Trauma
Activity Type: Scene Safety
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed Property Use: Street/Road

Department Information

Dallas Fire Rescue Department
1500 Marilla Street, 7AS
Dallas, Texas 75201
Chief: Louie Bright, III

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