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    Minnesota Firefighter Killed In Crash

    Minnesota Firefighter Killed In Crash

    Firehouse.Com News

    The St. Cloud Times has reported that a Minnesota firefighter died in the line of duty Monday after a vehicle crashed into the area where he was working.

    Don Billig, an assistant chief with the St. Cloud Fire Department's volunteer division, was an 18-year veteran of the department. He is survived by a wife and three children.

    The Times reported that Billig was replacing a barricade at a construction zone when a vehicle struck his crew's truck, which then hit Billig. The driver fled the scene but later turned himself in to St. Cloud police and was being held at the Stearns County Jail where he faces possible charges.

    This is the department's first line of duty death.

    St. Cloud fire officials could not immediately be reached. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available.

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    Minnesota Chief Killed On Roadside

    Minnesota Chief Killed On Roadside

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    Assistant Chief of Don Billig of the St. Cloud, Minnesota Fire Department was struck and killed at a roadside incident Monday, October 27.

    Billig, 49, was an 18-year veteran of the department's volunteer division.

    Billig and his crew responded to a report of a generator smoking at a roadside construction site, reported the USFA. Afterward, while preparing to leave the scene, Billig was replacing a barricade along the construction zone when a pickup truck struck his crew's truck, a heavy duty pickup outfitted to fight grass fires, and then struck Billig, killing him.

    "As firefighters were diving out of the way, Don was just not able to get away," said Capt. Richard Wilson of the St. Cloud Police Department. Billig died at the scene.

    The driver of the pickup truck, Lorin Richard Pfannenstein, 36, of St. Cloud, fled the scene of the accident on foot and then turned himself in to law enforcement officials the following morning. He is currently under arrest and awaiting arraignment, Wilson said.

    Billig is survived by many relatives including his wife Lou Ann, two daughters, two grandchildren, and a son who is also a St. Cloud volunteer firefighter.

    Billig made a living doing maintenance work at the local Veteran's Administration Medical Center. "He was dedicated to his profession, the department, his community and his country," Wilson said.

    "We're just sorry that this incident occurred," Wilson said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those that he touched. He will be missed by the community and by the emergency services community."

    Visitation for Assistant Fire Chief Don Billig will be held at the St. Cloud Civic Center Thursday, 3-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral at 10 a.m., Friday. Burial is at the Assumption Cemetery following a procession of fire trucks and an honor guard.

    A memorial fund has been set up to benefit Don Billig's family. Donations can be mailed to:

    Don Billig Memorial Fund

    U.S. Bank

    1015 West St. Germain St.

    St. Cloud, MN 56301.


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    Billig, Don

    Age: 49
    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Rank: Assistant Chief
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Status: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Incident Date: 10/27/2003
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Incident Time:
    Activity Type: Other
    Death Date: 10/27/2003
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    St. Cloud Fire Department, Volunteer Division
    101 10th Ave. North
    St. Cloud , Minnesota 56303
    Chief: Bill Mund

    Initial Summary:
    Assistant Chief Billig responded with a crew to a report of a generator smoking at a roadside construction site. After arriving at the incident scene and while replacing a barricade blocking the construction zone, a pickup truck struck his crew's truck, a heavy duty pickup outfitted to fight grass fires, then struck Billig killing him. The driver of the pickup truck after leaving the scene of the accident on foot turned himself into law enforcement officials the following morning.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Pending


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