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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A San Antonio Fire Department firefighter has died after being struck by a vehicle while on duty, according to San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood.

Firefighters were investigating an electrical fire at a hotel in the 500 block of Live Oak Street, just east of downtown San Antonio and Interstate Highway 37.

At approximately 7:15 a.m., the firefighter, identified as Greg Garza, a 17-year veteran of the department, stumbled or tripped off a fire apparatus and was struck by a van.

Hood said fellow firefighters worked "valiantly" to resuscitate Garza and transport him to Brooks Army Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

The driver of the van that struck Garza stopped at the scene and attempted to render aid, according to Hood who said the driver was "grief stricken." No charges are expected for the driver at this time as Hood says the incident appears to be a "sheer" and "simple accident."

Garza, according to Hood, was a "stunningly tall, muscular man" who always had a big smile on his face.

Hood is asking the community for continued prayers and for drivers to take extra precaution around emergency vehicles.

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