Eastland city manager mourns death of firefighter

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Posted on April 17, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 17 at 6:35 PM

Eastland City Manager Ron Holliday said his town was devastated by the death Friday of volunteer firefighter Greg Simmons, one of hundreds battling the range fires that have inundated parts of Texas.

"It's been very traumatic, to say the least, and very trying," he said. "We ran out of luck on Friday afternoon."

Holliday called it a "tragedy upon a tragedy" after it was revealed that Simmons was apparently killed when he was struck by a passing vehicle along a smoky road.

"He was apparently hit by a moving truck or a moving piece of apparatus," the city managers said. "The Department of Public Safety has the lead on that investigation and they will release details as soon as they can."

Holliday said Simmons was an 11-year veteran of the fire department, calling the volunteer "a great guy, very dedicated to the fire service, a wonderful husband and father."

Simmons also acted as a mentor to younger volunteers. "To say that he will be missed is a gross understatement," Holliday said.

The city manager said fire conditions in Eastland had eased on Sunday, providing a welcome respite to exhausted firefighters.

"Our folks are trying to rest up a bit. They're getting some wonderful help from outside our community and we're also trying to absorb the loss of our comrade," Holliday said.

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