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    Texas Firefighter Struck, Killed at Accident Scene

    Texas Firefighter Struck, Killed at Accident Scene

    Courtesy NBC4Online.com


    A Labelle-Fannett volunteer firefighter was killed Tuesday morning on Interstate 10 while responding to an 18-wheeler accident.

    Troopers say the 20-year old volunteer was killed while trying to cross Interstate 10 near Hamshire Road.

    Investigators say the firefighter was hit by an 18-wheeler and thrown about 175 feet.

    The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. His name isn`t being released at this time.



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    Mathew, Lance

    Age: 20
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 03/18/2003
    Incident Time: 03:03
    Death Date: 03/18/2003

    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Non-Fire Emergencies
    Activity Type: Other
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    La Belle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department
    18769 FM 365
    Beaumont, Texas 77705
    Chief: Charles Sonnier

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Mathew was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck as he attempted to cross Interstate 10 at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. Weather conditions at the time were dark with fog.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Pending, contact La Belle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department



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    Texas Firefighter Struck, Killed at On Duty

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    CHRISTINE RAPPLEYE
    Courtesy of The Beaumont Enterprise

    FANNETT - A volunteer firefighter was killed on Interstate 10 early Tuesday when he was hit by an 18-wheeler as he crossed the highway to respond to another accident.

    But those close to him said that he was doing what loved: helping people as a firefighter.

    Charles Lance Mathew, 20, of LaBelle, is the first firefighter killed in the line of duty since the LaBelle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department was created more than 40 years ago. His death comes just weeks after he was promoted to lieutenant.

    Mathew was responding to a minor accident at 3 a.m. on I-10 eastbound at mile marker 834, about 13 miles west of Beaumont city limits, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said.

    Mathew parked his vehicle on the westbound side of the interstate. He was hit by the eastbound 18-wheeler after he walked through the median, the spokeswoman said.

    Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson pronounced Mathew dead at the scene.

    Mathew was a 2000 graduate of Hampshire-Fannett High School. He had been volunteering with the 15-member LaBelle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department for about two years, said Beverly Mathews, his aunt.

    "(Firefighting) was his passion. He lived and breathed it," Beverly Mathews said.

    She said her nephew fished in his spare time and thrived on being a firefighter.

    "He was a very happy young man," she said. "He loved life."

    Mathew was single and worked at Industrial Anchors as a laborer.

    The situation that Mathew responded to is not unusual, said Tommy May, spokesman for the Professional Firefighters Local 399 and a Beaumont Fire and Rescue captain.

    "This was a very tragic situation," May said. "Firefighters respond to auto accidents quite often."

    As the first people on the scene, May said firefighters often must deal with traffic and other hazards.

    "Every one of us knows how hazardous this is," May said. "We see many times that motorists do not slow down."

    Crossing the median to reach an accident is not uncommon, May said.

    "When you lose a member, it is a tragic time," May said.

    Funeral arrangements are pending with Broussard's Funeral Home in Beaumont.


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