FALLS COUNTY, Texas — Three Texas first responders were struck and killed by vehicles while on duty in a week's time — prompting officials to remind motorists to move over and slow down for roadside emergency vehicles.
On October 7, 2019, two Louise Volunteer Fire Department firefighters, having cleared a previous call, stopped in their lane of travel on Farm-to-Market (FM) 647, south of Highway 59 near Louise, Texas, to check the fire engine's front tires, believing something was wrong.
Both firemen were struck by a Dodge dually pickup truck traveling southbound on FM 647. Firefighter Steven Henderson was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he succumb to his injuries on October 12, 2019.
On October 11, 2019, Falls County Sheriff's Department K-9 Deputy Matt Jones was assisting a motorist on Highway 6 in between Riesel and Marlin, Texas, when a vehicle hydroplaned and struck him and Riesel Police Department Chief Danny Krumnow. Jones was pronounced deceased at the scene and Krumnow remains hospitalized.
On October 15, 2019, San Antonio Fire Department Firefighter Greg Garza stumbled off a fire apparatus while at a fire call near downtown San Antonio, Texas, and was struck by a van. He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.