A volunteer firefighter from the eastern New Mexico town of Nara Vista died Thursday after suffering severe burns on a large wildfire in Quay County (map). A second firefighter was injured but has been released from the hospital.
Below is an excerpt from an article at the Eastern New Mexico News:
John Cammack, 74, of Nara Visa, was severely burned after falling from a fire engine during a “burn over” Wednesday night, said Nara Visa Fire Chief Gary Girard.
Girard said a second firefighter, Kyle Perez, was also injured during the incident.
He said the firefighters were attempting to refill a fire engine with a water tanker when the winds shifted abruptly.
“We were no longer fighting the fire, we were running from the fire,” Girard said.
Girard said the flames were as high as the fire engine as they fled the area. He said Cammack was transported to Lubbock for treatment and Perez was admitted to a hospital in Amarillo.
Perez’ condition was not released, but a family member posted on social media that he’d been released from the hospital.
Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Willard.
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