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    Carthage, Tennessee Fire Chief Dies From Injuries Received While Battling Church Fire

    Carthage, Tennessee Fire Chief Dies From Injuries Received While Battling Church Fire


    Carthage Fire Chief Ed Stallings, 71, died over the weekend at a Nashville Rehabilitation Center.

    Officials said he never fully recovered after the roof of a burning church collapsed on top of him.

    In April Stallings was one of three Carthage fire fighters injured while battling the church fire.

    Early Sunday morning, Smith County emergency crews were told Stallings had died.

    "The broadcast said CD98, which was his id number, was 10-7, which means out of services

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    Carthage Fire Chief Ed Stallings dies of injuries from April blaze

    By LEON ALLIGOOD
    Staff Writer


    The fire chief of Carthage, Tenn., who was hurt in April fighting a fire at a historic church on that city's public square, has died of his injuries.

    Chief Ed Stallings, 71, died Sunday. Funeral services for him will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at North Carthage Baptist Church, 111 Carmack Ave., Carthage.

    He had been hospitalized since fighting the April 8 blaze at Main Street Church of Christ. Debris from the burning building fell on him, producing critical injuries from which he never recovered.

    A funeral home director by profession, Stallings served as the town's fire chief because he loved the job. He had been a member of the department since 1957 and had been chief since 1992.

    He was a charter member of the Smith County Rescue Squad. He later served as president of the organization.

    Stallings also had been active in a number of community activities, including Babe Ruth and Little League baseball, where he coached numerous teams. He was a longtime member of the South Carthage Civitan Club and was a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association.

    In 1974 he was named coroner of Smith County. For six hours on Sept. 1, 1974, Stallings stepped in as sheriff when the outgoing sheriff vacated the office at 6 p.m. It wasn't until midnight that a new sheriff could be sworn into office.

    He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Wanda, and three children, Nicky Stallings, Dr. Jason Stallings and Chanda Stallings Wood, all of Carthage.

    Visitation with the family will be from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday at Sanderson Funeral Home, 901 Main St. N., Carthage.


    http://www.tennessean.com/obits/arch...nt_ID=55300784

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    Stallings, Ed

    Age: 71
    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Rank: Fire Chief
    Nature of Death:
    Status: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 04/08/2004
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Incident Time: 10:00
    Activity Type: Incident Command
    Death Date: 08/01/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Public Assembly

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Carthage Volunteer Fire Department
    213 Spring St.
    P.O. Box 259
    Carthage , Tennessee 37030-0259
    Chief: Assistant Chief Joe B. Oldham

    Initial Summary:
    Chief Stallings died from injuries sustained while directing fire suppression operations at a church fire in April. The roof of the structure had collapsed causing the front wall to fail and fall out onto the sidewalk injuring the Chief and two of his firefighters who had just exited the building.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    The family has asked that all memorials be made in memory of Chief Ed Stallings to the Carthage Volunteer Fire Department, 213 Spring St., P.O. Box 259, Carthage, TN 37030-0259.


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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