Ohio firefighter in intensive care after being struck by falling tree

Below is an excerpt from the Zanesville Times Recorder. We hope for the best for Mr. Lingo.


NELLIE [Ohio] — A firefighter remains hospitalized after a Saturday afternoon fire in Nellie.

Max Lingo of the Coshocton City Fire Department was taken from the scene via MedFlight to Akron General Medical Center where he was listed in serious condition Sunday evening in the intensive care unit.

Walhonding Valley Fire District Chief Mike Snyder said Lingo was knocked unconscious after being struck by a tree that fell during a woods fire, but could not speak on the severity of his injuries.

“We had a lot of trees on fire burning from the bottom. They were cutting some trees down to get them on the ground. The tree behind him had burnt in two, and when he got the one tree down, the other came in behind him and hit him,” Snyder said.

Snyder said the call of the fire came in at about 4:40 p.m., and units were on scene until about 9:45 p.m. The fire devastated about 10 to 15 acres on a hillside near the intersection of Ohio 715 and U.S. 36, close to the Verizon phone tower.

“The wind wasn’t with us,” Snyder said. “It was anywhere from 10 to 15 miles per hour going north, and it was hitting pretty hard.”


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.