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    Kentucky Fire Chief Killed in Crash

    Kentucky Fire Chief Killed in Crash


    A Kentucky fire chief was killed in a motor vehicle accident while driving to a fire call Sunday evening.

    Chief Henry James Combs, age 46, served the Watts Volunteer Fire Department in Breathitt County for four years, and was also a member of the Jackson and Vancleve fire departments.

    Jackson Fire Chief Roger Friley said Combs was responding to the Watts fire station in his privately owned vehicle when he lost control on a curve and slid sideways into a ditch. The vehicle flipped over and Combs died of asphyxiation, Friley said.

    Combs was taken to Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson, where he was pronounced dead.

    "He has done a lot of good for a better community," the chief said. "He was just an outstanding person."

    Combs is survived by his wife, 13-year-old daughter, and eight-year-old twin boys.

    The Watts VFD has about 15 members and serves a rural community. This was the first firefighter line of duty death not only in the Watts fire department, but in the history of the county, said Jackson Fire Department Communications Officer Stephen Bowling.

    Combs took over the Watts VFD after his father, the previous chief, died in an auto accident, Bowling said. "He got the department federal funding and made a big difference," Bowling said. The funding included forestry grants and two FIRE Act grants.

    Combs was also an associate pastor at his church and a Naval officer, Bowling said. "They don't make men better than him," Bowling said. "He was a selfless servant of the community. No matter what type of call it was, he was there."

    Visitation will be held Thursday, September 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Watts Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at Providence Pentecostal Church, three miles south of Jackson on Highway 15.

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    Combs, Henry James

    Age: 46
    Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision
    Rank: Chief
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 09/04/2005
    Duty Type: Responding
    Incident Time:
    Activity Type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
    Death Date: 09/04/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Watts Volunteer Fire Department
    11455 Highway 15 South
    Watts , Kentucky 41348

    Initial Summary:
    Chief Combs was en route to the fire station for a reported residential structure fire when his personal vehicle left the roadway, flipped over and landed in a ditch. He was transported to the hospital, where he succombed to his injuries.

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