Official says firefighter died from 'blunt force trauma'

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by CYNTHIA VEGA and JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 8 at 5:07 PM

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner reports that Shannon Stone’s cause of death was from blunt force trauma to the head, abdomen and wrist during the fall.

The Rangers fan fell from the stands during Thursday night’s ballgame. The 39-year-old is known as a dedicated father, family man and firefighter.

Stone was at the game Thursday night with his 6-year-old son Cooper.

Early in the second inning, Stone fell 20 feet from his left field lower level seat. He was standing near a railing when he lost his balance trying to catch a foul ball. Stone fell head first and died soon afterwards.

At fire station 2 in Brownwood, where he once worked everyone is grieving. Stone served there for 18-years. His chief, Dell Albright, said Stone was dedicated and caring. As an example, the Chief told News 8, Lt. Stone often had to attend mandatory meetings during his off time, and nine times out of ten, brought his son Cooper with him.

Albright said Stone leaves behind a wife Jenny and his only child, 6-year-old Cooper.

At the Cleburne Fire Department, in the community where Stone grew up, Chief Clint Ishmael said he knew Stone personally. They last saw each other when Stone's parent's house recently burned to the ground just north of city limits. Ishmael said he is deeply saddened by the loss, but knows the Stone family is hardest hit right now.

Stone graduated from Cleburne High School in 1990. Ishmael said he tried to join the Cleburne Fire Department before joining the one on Brownwood.

Cleburne firefighters, like so many across the area, are offering their support, prayers and assistance today to their firefighting family in Brownwood.

Funeral arrangements for Lt. Stone are still pending.

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