Fellow firefighters mourn death of lieutenant killed in fall

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by CYNTHIA VEGA and JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 15 at 5:44 PM

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DALLAS — Funeral arrangements are pending for a veteran firefighter who fell to his death fighting an apartment fire Sunday in southwest Dallas.

Lt. Todd Krodle was 41 years old.

On Monday, colleagues at his assigned Station No. 26 in Dallas were admittedly grieving. The flag outside their station flew at half-staff in memory of the man who — to them — was more than a great firefighter; he was was also a long-time friend and brother.

Krodle spent nearly 18 years with Dallas Fire-Rescue. He was using a chainsaw to carve out a hole in the roof for ventilation Sunday when the roof gave way and he fell to the floor below. Fellow firefighters rushed into the smoky fire to save him, but Krodle died soon after arriving at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Investigators with Dallas Fire-Rescue and the Dallas Police Department returned Monday to the Ridge Crest Terrace Apartments where the fire broke out.

News 8 tried to speak to management at Ridge Crest, but were only told the manager would be assisting investigators.

Krodle leaves behind a wife and two children.

This is the first time in nearly 10 years a Dallas firefighter has been killed while battling a fire.

E-mail cvega@wfaa.com and jbetz@wfaa.com

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