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    Denver Firefighter Swept Away by High Water During Rescue

    Denver Firefighter Swept Away by High Water During Rescue
    Five-Hour Search Ends Tragically

    Firehouse.Com News

    An exhaustive five-hour search ended late Thursday night when the body of a Denver firefighter swept away by high water while helping save a stranded motorist was found in a drainage culvert.

    Robert Crump, 37, and a second firefighter from Squirt 10 of the Denver Fire Department were directing traffic around high water on Colorado Blvd. when a woman left her flooding car and slipped in the fast-moving current while walking toward the side of the road, officials said.

    "Two firefighters went in and grabbed the women, but [Crump] slipped and the current caught him, carrying him under," said Mark Watson, public information officer for the Denver Fire Department.

    Crump was last seen at about 5:45 p.m Mountain time. Some of his gear, including his helmet, was recovered during the search and crews held out hope that he would be found alive until the end, Watson told Firehouse.Com News late Thursday.

    "Given the option between their life and somebody else's life, they (firefighters) would take great measures to make sure the other person would live first,'' Fire Chief Rich Gonzales told the Associated Press.

    Crump's body was found at about 11 p.m. about two-and-a-half blocks away after the extensive search by more than 50 firefighters and dozens of law enforcement personnel and officials from other agencies.

    Water levels in the drainage culvert rose to as high as 14-feet, according to Watson, and had subsided somewhat when crews found Crump's body. Searchers also looked in storm drains and man hole covers during the operation.

    Watson said firefighters were not engaged in an active operation when the woman left her car, and thus were not wearing lifelines when the two men quickly reacted and went into the water to save the woman from being carried away by the swift-moving water. No one was able to get to Crump in time after he went under, Watson said.

    The second firefighter and the woman were not injured.

    Crump leaves behind a wife and three children, daughters ages 9, 11 and 13. He joined the department in April of 1997.

    "Naturally, you can imagine how the fire department feels -- any time you lose a member, it's a loss to the whole department," Watson said. "They (at station 10) are feeling the brunt of it right now. They've taken themselves out of service until they're ready to continue."

    The funeral will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene on Hampden Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. in Denver. A reception will follow at the Colorado Convention Center. For more information call (303) 458-6129.

    The Bob Crump Memorial Fund is set up at:

    The Denver Fire Department Credit Union
    2201 Federal Blvd.
    Denver, Col. 80211
    (303) 458-6129

    The last Denver firefighter to be killed in the line of duty was in 1993 when Firefighter Douglas Konecny was shot while entering an apartment of a suicidal man. In 1992, Firefighter Mark Langvardt was killed while battling an arson fire.

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    Crump, Robert Wayne

    Age: 37
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 08/17/2000
    Incident Time: 17:44
    Death Date: 08/17/2000

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Asphyxiation (includes drowning)
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Non-Fire Emergencies
    Activity Type: Search and Rescue
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Denver Fire Department
    745 West Colfax Avenue
    Denver, Colorado 80204
    Chief: Richard Gonzales

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Crump and members of his squirt company were directing traffic away from an area that had been flooded by a very heavy rain. Firefighter Crump was wearing full structural protective clothing including a protective coat, protective trousers, and a helmet. According to the police report, 2

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    Our daughter lives in Colorado--they've been in drought conditions since April I believe. This is the first of heard of the sudden flooding. This is so tragic & I think the public needs to be made aware of what to do & not to do in this type of situation! I feel so badly for this poor man's family.

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