Lawrenceburg firefighter killed

Friday, February 16, 2018

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee firefighter was killed and four others were injured when part of a home collapsed after a blaze.

Lawrenceburg Fire Department Chaplin Chad Moore said 38-year-old fire engineer Jason Dickey died Monday after becoming trapped with other firefighters.

Moore said firefighter Kendall Sherrell was being treated in the intensive care unit at Southern Tennessee Regional Hospital, Capt. John Brewer and Capt. Brian Green were treated and released, and Capt. Wade Marsden, who serves as the New Prospect fire chief, was expected to be released Tuesday.

Moore said the firefighters were trapped for about 10 minutes before a team was able to extricate them.

The collapse took place after the fire was out, according to Kevin Walters, a spokesman for the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office, who said the state agency is assisting local officials to find the cause and origin of the blaze.

“We lost a hero,” Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Jay Moore told local media. “We’ve lost a man that saved several lives in his 11-year career.”

He described Dickey as a loving, caring person who left behind a pregnant wife and three children.

“This is hard on our community, it’s hard on our fire department, it’s hard on the family,” he said. “I want to ask for everybody’s prayers. The family covets them, the fire department covets them in this time of loss. We’re going to get through this by God’s grace and mercy.”

Lawrenceburg is a community of about 14,000 people located 82 miles southwest of Nashville.

Jay Moore said it was the department’s second line-of-duty death. The last one happened 40 years ago.

“It’s a tough day for the city of Lawrenceburg,” Mayor Keith Durham said. “We’re all grieving.”